Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 25, 2013

Northern Notes: 'PigstockTC' launches meal program

by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The third annual PigstockTC raised $2,625 for the new “10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms” program.

The program is a joint two-year project of the Michigan Land Use Institute’s farm-to-school program and the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. For about $50,000 a year, the program would provide up to nine school districts in four counties an extra 10 cents per school lunch for locally grown fruits and vegetables, mostly in elementary schools in districts that have worked with the MLUI to build their programs.

The event featured national chef and author Michael Ruhlman. John Hoagland, owner of Cherry Capital Foods, increased the company’s donation of $10 a ticket to $15, with 175 tickets sold. Epicure Catering, whose co-owner Cammie Buehler attended the event, donated an additional $150.

“We are grateful to Cherry Capital Foods and Epicure Catering for providing such a strong launch to our fund-raising effort for ‘10 Cents a Meal,’” said Diane Conners, senior policy specialist in Food & Farming at MLUI. “We hope other businesses similarly will consider a donation. This is a great way to invest in children’s health while also building the local economy.”

For details on making a donation, contact Conners, 941-6584, ext. 16, or diane@mlui.org.

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The Cherry Capital Cycling Club donated $14,000 from its Leelanau Harvest Bicycle Tour to TART Trails.

“We are so grateful for the club’s support from this event, which has raised more than $145,000 for TART Trails since 1999,” said TART Executive Director Julie Clark. “That funding has helped us expand and maintain a trail network made up of more than 60 miles.”

Plans are under way for the 30th annual Leelanau Harvest Tour, which will take place Sunday, Sept. 15.

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The Benzie Area Christian Neighbors non-denominational charity receives a great deal of support from the community.

This past Christmas season, Michelle Herban’s fourth-grade class at Betsie Valley Elementary School collected personal care products and cash donations for BACN. Students who led the drive were Tyler Joan, Aidan Johnston, Emma Jones, Halle Kalosky, Abby Mishler, Gavyn Sanchez and Savannah Warner.

The “Honor Your Neighbor” food drive, sponsored by the Benzonia Branch of Honor Bank, raised cash and food donations totaling more than $2,000.

Eight Benzie Central Middle School students counted and prepared 10,000 newsletters for BACN. The students, members of the middle school’s Kiwanis Builder’s Club, included Katlyn Cress, Riley Burns, Abigail Smith, Alexis Smith, Kristen Smith, Leah Stapleton, Lindsay Smith and Lauren Church.

Oryana Natural Foods of Traverse City recently sent a check for $37.87 to BACN.

The amount was determined by how many colored beans patrons chose to place in the BACN jar at the check out. Beans are awarded based on the patron’s decision to not use a plastic or paper grocery bag from the store, which saves Oryana 10 cents per shopper. Oryana chooses three charities each month to support. Beans and cash contributions are added at month’s end and forwarded to the charities.