Food and Nutrition
The Muskegon YMCA is working to Build a Healthy Future for Muskegon by
removing barriers to basic needs like access to fresh fruits and vegetables in food desert areas in Muskegon County.
These food deserts (areas where a large portion of the population has little access to affordable, nutritious food) that occur throughout the Muskegon area, including in the Nelson neighborhood, where the YMCA is located. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund, for example, reported in 2020 that Muskegon has one of the most “significant pressing needs” in the state when it comes to growing food access for low-income residents.