December 3, 2023

Creative Solutions to Food Insecurity

June 25, 2022

Food insecurity remains an ongoing concern in Michigan, with the nonprofit Feeding America reporting that in our state, 1 in 7 children are facing hunger. To tackle the problem here in our community, Oliver Art Center and the Benzie MSU Extension have teamed up to offer a new visual and culinary arts program called HealthsmART. The free program is open to area youth ages 7 and up who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Kids will participate in a 1-hour art class and a 1-hour cooking immersion where they enjoy a meal while learning about recipes, nutrition, and kitchen safety. Best of all, they’ll bring home recipes and groceries to keep the culinary fun going at home. Classes run every Friday until August 26 from 10am to 12pm at the Oliver Art Center (132 Coast Guard Rd., Frankfort). If needed, students will be provided with round-trip Benzie Bus passes. Register at or by calling 231-352-4151.


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