It isn’t every day a small business like ours gets to partner with one of the leading health service systems and stars from the largest home improvement television network. So when Michele’s Granola was asked to support the Cupboards Project, a collaboration between Johns Hopkins’ Priority Partners and HGTV, I was excited to learn more about a possible synergy between the project and our Give One for Good Food® program.
In Mount Winans, the Cupboard is the ground-breaking installation on a 3.5 acre parcel of vacant land that will become an urban garden and community center, providing neighborhood residents with a variety of vital resources including nutrition education programs. Michele’s Granola will also be supporting the Westport Community Economic & Development Corporation in this broader development project.
As a business leader in our community, one of the most important things we can do is increase visibility of inequities in our food system and support creative solutions to address them. The Cupboard itself is a symbol of community support in addressing the challenges of accessing healthy food, that also gives the community a voice in their future.
Additional Cupboards are slated to be installed in areas of need around Maryland in the hopes that this becomes a nation-wide initiative. Learn more and follow along at prioritypartnerscupboards.com, and learn more about our Give One for Good Food® program here.
Banner image credit: Priority Partners. Pictured: Chris Grundy and Matt J. Muenster at installation of the community cupboard in Harford County
Second image: Michele and HGTV's Matt Muenster
Third image: Priority Partners team members