land & building development/rehabilitation

Good Food Market

Submitted by Noah Filipiak, Seeds Christian Community Development

My idea is…

“…[a] property within walking distance from Foster Park to either renovate or build new to install a small “Good Food Market.” We will have in-stock grocery staples, as well as donated fruits and vegetables, targeting our local gardeners and beyond for donors. We can sell this donated produce for 10 cents on the dollar, creating a revenue stream to employ and mentor at-risk and low-income youth, while also providing extremely affordable healthy food to a low-income urban area. We will roast our own coffee beans in-house, selling individual cups of brewed coffee, and will have a mail-order coffee bean subscription service. We will also sell individual servings of frozen yogurt.”

My idea contributes to a vibrant community by…

“People often complain about the problems of poverty like crime and blight without seeking solutions of sustainable community development that reverse these cycles. In short, this project will help change the tide of cyclical poverty in the Eastside neighborhood. In addition, it will provide a fun spot for people of any socioeconomic level to come and get healthy and affordable groceries, good coffee and fun frozen yogurt. We started Seeds CCDA as a next step to the once-a-week park ministry we’ve been doing at Foster Park the past 10 summers. We have relationships with over 150 at-risk youth in our neighborhood and the needed next step is mentoring through employment. The Seeds “Good Food Market” is a win-win for everyone in our community.”


19 thoughts on “Good Food Market”

  1. I love this idea! Affordable, reliable access to good food is so important to community health and growth. Plus, it’s a great way to bring the community together along Michigan Ave 🙂


  2. I would LOVE to see this happen. I and several other people in this area rely on wheelchairs to get around. When you don’t drive and have a mobility disability, getting access to healthy food is difficult to impossible. This would really benefit this Eastside neighborhood.


  3. I am always amazed with the ideas you have, and the enthusiasm you have for revitalizing Lansing. You never give up, and that is good.


  4. This idea shows both your passion and how grounded you are in the most up-to-date research about what kinds of activities have actually worked in developing communities. Kudos, get this thing done!


  5. A local market for local residents would be beneficial for everyone. Healthy food, healthy choices, and convenient location is a tremendous benefit to our community. Get people connected with practical food options that doesn’t require transportation and meets immediate needs is a win-win! 🙂


  6. This idea is great because it helps the community in multiple ways and has the potential to make an impact that will last for years to come.


  7. This is a great proposal that is beneficial to all different populations of Lansing and the community as a whole! From the teens being employed, to the coffee lovers wanting a place to support local businesses, it seems like a win-win for all. I believe it will help the teens employed to learn job skills that they will be able to use for a lifetime.
    I would love to see this take off and would personally enjoy supporting this business for so many reasons. I hope to be getting some frozen yogurt there in the near future!


  8. I wish more organizations would start a development project such as this for cities like Lansing. I came from poverty and crime myself being from Detroit. Now that I am working directly with teens from Lansing , I discovered that more of them will be incarcerated , suffer economically, and lack the basic skills of employment if the communities they inhabit aren’t reformed. I support this 100% because this isn’t just a step in the right direction but a change of pace for urban communities alike.


  9. Our neighborhood suffers a lot from limited access to good food and steady employment. Having something like the Good Food Market and the model Noah is proposing would engage and help others on a lot of different levels, beginning with just healthy bodies, and ending with healthy social and economic structures. This could be the beginning of a cycle of postive influence.


  10. I’d love to see another entity that’s a positive for the Eastside community along the Kalamazoo St. corridor. I’d much rather see something that benefits the community socially and relationally instead of just another medical marijuana shop. Best of luck with the needed grants!


  11. This is a fantastic idea! I think given the popularity and success of the Allen St Neighborhood Center down the street, this sort of thing is absolutely wanted and needed in the neighborhood and would be put to great use.


  12. This is a super idea! Much needed for the community! Great idea to make fresh food available while also creating a place for youth to become active in the community and gain skills/experience. I love it!


  13. I think it’s a great idea and much needed on the Eastside. From your original plan, it looks like you wanted to plant fruit trees and a garden. Would that be some of the produce you sell? How would you reach out to local gardeners to donate produce?


  14. I live in the Eastside neighborhood and I think this is a fantastic idea!! The benefits it would bring to the community are immeasurable and I believe many people would love to experience the Good Food Market! Affordable and close healthy food options are not often accessible to all, and I believe this market would really help to bridge the gap.


  15. I think that this project sounds amazing! It has systemic practicality for addressing the needs of the community as a whole, especially the at-risk youth. I think that this will give them an opportunity to gain critical job skills while contributing to the community around them by providing affordable, healthy groceries for people. The frozen yogurt and coffee are really cool components as well. Unique, local coffee & ice cream is very popular, and when combined with the affordable healthy groceries, I think that the market could also provide a space for community and constructive fellowship. I can’t wait to see the impact of this project in the years to come!!


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