Community Organizations Come Together to Launch ReGrow Midland, Program to Assist Local Restaurants

During a time when local restaurants are struggling and many community members are finding it difficult to put food on their tables, a few local citizens and organizations have come together to launch ReGrow Midland.

ReGrow Midland, a pilot program of the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) and the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), is designed to provide low-cost, healthy meal options to the community while helping local restaurants rebound from extended closures and restrictions. This effort is a partnership with the MBA, Michigan Baseball Foundation (MBF), MACF and private citizens/investors.

“Our local restaurants need support right now more than ever,” said Tony Stamas, MBA President and CEO. “Although restrictions are beginning to ease, the past year has thrown them more challenges than anyone could have imagined. We are excited to be a part of this new program that supports restaurants and brings their staff back to work as well as helps those in need feed their families.”

Each week, distribution centers around Midland County will receive a quantity of nutritious meals to offer to the public. A suggested donation of $2 each is requested for those receiving meals.  In return, participating restaurants are able to retain their workforce and begin the process of re-growing their business.

“We are so appreciative of the community interest and engagement received to bring ReGrow Midland to life,” said David Ramaker, President of MBF. “We want to thank Downtown Restaurant Investments (DRI) and the Midland Country Club for partnering together to create and develop our menus, operating guidelines and running the initial pilot. We are very excited to launch a program that helps residents and restaurants alike. We also want to recognize the essential assistance provided by Senior Services of Midland County regarding nutritional analysis and council on the meal distribution options.”

In addition to supporting restaurants, ReGrow Midland plans to incorporate sourcing fresh produce and meats from local farmers. Additional details regarding the restaurant application process and timeline will be forthcoming. Those who wish to donate to the program can do so by visiting MACF’s website.

“One of the elements that makes for a thriving community is a vibrant economy, with restaurants being an important part of our local economy. Supporting our restaurants is critical during this time and, while doing that, we’re providing meals for those in need,” said Sharon Mortensen, President and CEO of MACF. “It’s a community win-win.”