Family Market Days Promote Healthy Eating and Local Farmers

Family Market Days Promote Healthy Eating and Local Farmers

Oakland County’s Family Market Days Promote Healthy Eating and Local Farmers

Post Date:07/16/2024 11:59 AM

The Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP) encourages Oakland County residents to participate in the annual Family Market Day events. Five-dollar coupons to purchase produce from local farmers are available to residents with a State of Michigan Bridge/EBT card or who are enrolled in Oakland County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

“Family Market Day events demonstrate our dedication to help increase the amount of fresh produce residents purchase, as well as support our local farmers,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, director of Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services. “These events are a great way to connect residents to fresh and locally grown produce.”

Family Market Days will take place the following days:

  • Thursday, July 18 at the Oak Park Farmers Market (14300 Oak Park Boulevard, Oak Park) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 20 at Oakland County Farmers Market (2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Five-dollar coupons for produce are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used during the event. Distribution ends 30 minutes before the market closes, and no registration is necessary. The farmers markets also offer Double Up Food Bucks, which match money spent using a Bridge card/EBT up to $20.

There will be family activities such as face painting, a petting zoo, and prizes. Various resources will also be available on-site.

Family Market days are made possible in part by Trinity Health.

For more information, visit, @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter, or contact Kelsey Merz at [email protected] or 248-365-8954.

About Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP)
Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP) was launched by Oakland County Health Division in 2009 as a collaboration of local government, hospitals, health care providers, community-based organizations, business, and citizens working to increase and promote healthy eating and physical activity opportunities. HOP currently has two teams dedicated to specific initiatives: The Farmers Market Team to improve the health and well-being of Oakland County residents by supporting Farmers Markets and the Youth Team to improve health and well-being through programs in schools. HOP began hosting Family Market Days in 2009 to engage entire families in healthy eating practices and encourage physical activity. The partnership expanded to include older adults in 2017 by hosting Senior Market Days.

For media inquiries only please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County public information officer, at 248-858-1048.

July at the NOCC

July at the NOCC

Happy July!

In the newsletter below, we’ve got a brief recap of our Level Up Camp. Additionally, we have some information about how to get involved with the NOCC.

     Level Up Camp 2024 has come to a close! We had a great time with our campers and high school volunteers and are so grateful to Lake Orion Community Schools for allowing us to use Scripps Middle School for our camp. Throughout the camp weeks, we were able to talk to our campers about valuable life skills they’ll use throughout their middle school years and beyond, all while playing games and making friends

Thank you to Chief Ryan Allen and his amazing team at the Orion Township Fire Department for coming out and surprising our campers both weeks with a visit from the fire truck. The campers were so excited to run around in the spray!

If you’d like to see what we we were up to during camp, make sure to scroll to the bottom of this email for our camp photos!

     Want to stay up to date with all that the NOCC is doing? Make sure to follow us on our social media! We share posts about what we’re up to in the community, information about substances and mental health, and information about upcoming events. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram!

If you would like to support the mission of the North Oakland Community Coalition, you can do so by visiting our website at or clicking here to make a donation. Your contribution helps us as we plan events and bring substance and mental health programming to our community.

Orion Area Chamber Recognizes National CPR and AED Week with Lifesaving Workshop

Orion Area Chamber Recognizes National CPR and AED Week with Lifesaving Workshop

Orion Area Chamber Recognizes National CPR and AED Week with Lifesaving Workshop

In recognition of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, the Orion Area Chamber hosted AED, CPR, Narcan, and Stop the Bleed Training at Orion Township Fire Station #2.

A heartfelt thanks to Genisys Credit Union for sponsoring this beneficial 2 1/2-hour training.

The training was taught by an amazing team: Kyle Cameron – EMS Coordinator, Orion Township Fire Department, Brittany Palaian – Registered Nurse, Trinity Health Oakland, and Alexandra Hicks – Program Specialist, Alliance Coalition for Healthy Communities.

“This emergency preparedness training was a perfect example of the value our community places in prevention and harm reduction. As Orion’s own prevention coalition, we appreciate this partnership with Orion Area Chamber of Commerce and appreciate the sharing of information and resources that prepare both homes and workplaces to respond to an emergency.” states Tonya Hamilton, Executive Director of North Oakland Community Coalition.

 The Chamber will continue to host an annual training to better prepare our community members for the future. For more information, please contact Joyce Donaldson at the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] or 248.693.6300.

Oxford Meijer Simply Give benefits FISH thru June 29th

Oxford Meijer Simply Give benefits FISH thru June 29th

Oxford Meijer Simply Give program benefits FISH thru June 29th

How to Give During the spring Simply Give campaign, Oxford  Meijer customers purchase $10 Simply Give 

donation cards at checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift  

Card and donated directly to Oxford/Orion FISH. Simply Give donation cards can also be purchased  

as an add-on to pickup and delivery orders. The Simply Give spring campaign will run through  

June 29.

Oxford Meijer will double match any  

cards purchased on Saturday, June 15, effectively  

tripling contributions made on that day.

Neighbors helping neighbors… 

In addition to the letter carriers, we are so thankful for all of  the volunteers who helped make the Letter Carriers’ Food  

Drive successful. See some of them below. 

From promotion to transport, to checking in, sorting, and shelving,  it doesn’t work without all of you!  

July at the NOCC

June at the NOCC

Summer is here!

Now that the school year is drawing to a close, the North Oakland Community Coalition is excited to kick off our summer programming!

In the email below you will find:

  • How to make your voice heard by taking our quick, five minute community survey
  • Important information about registration dates for our 2024 Level Up Camp
  • A quick wrap-up on the May NOCC activities
We are listening!

You have the best insight regarding the unique needs of youth and families in Lake Orion and Oxford. Please share your thoughts with us by taking this quick, five minute survey found here: 

Level Up Camp is almost here! If you are interested in having a student attend this year’s camp, the last day to register is June 7th at 12pm.

Youth entering 6th grade for the 2024-2025 school year are invited to join the NOCC for a 4-day camp. Camp will run Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-1:00pm. Your camper will play games, create art, and participate in group activities while becoming better prepared for their middle and high school years. Topics covered include resiliency, goal setting, communication skills, dealing with stress, drug and alcohol refusal skills, and more. This is also an excellent opportunity for your child to become familiar with the middle school setting, practice opening lockers, and meet new friends that will be a part of their middle school experience. Campers will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning skills that will strengthen their future!

Registration is open at

May was Mental Health Awareness Month, and the wonderful trainers at Flip Spot Gymnastics took the time to become All About Connections QPR certified!

These amazing trainers understood the importance of coaching the whole child, working not just on gymnastics skills, but helping their students build mental fortitude and strong bonds that will allow the child to feel safe and secure.

If you would like your business to become QPR Suicide Prevention certified, reach out to Jill McCollum at [email protected].

This month, the NOCC spent time at Lake Orion High School encouraging students to make the smart choice to stay sober during prom and graduation season. Students visited our tables during lunches to participate in our intoxication goggle puzzle or take a field sobriety test with School Resource Officer Deputy Tolan.
Additionally, we hosted a Smart Dragons Don’t Drink prom photobooth, where students were able to take photos with their friends and share why they are choosing to stay sober.
Orion Township Recognized for Environmental Leadership

Orion Township Recognized for Environmental Leadership





248-391-0304 ext. 1003 

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Orion Township, MI (May 22, 2024) – Orion Township was recognized for environmental leadership by the  statewide Michigan Green Communities program. As part of the 2023 Michigan Green Communities (MGC)  Challenge, 62 participating local governments were awarded gold, silver, or bronze seals of achievement  reflecting community leadership in areas such as energy efficiency, climate adaptation and resilience,  recycling, environmental justice, and more. Seven communities received bronze certification, twenty received silver certifications, and thirty-five received gold certification. 

Orion Township achieved gold status for exemplary action in multiple categories, including economic  development, land use, climate resilience, climate adaptation, energy efficiency, renewable energy,  materials management (recycling, composting, waste diversion), water conservation and protection, and  community engagement. 

Most remarkable was Orion Township’s demonstrated increase in quantity and quality of both commercial  and recreational development, while also increasing investment in and improvement of local parks and  nature reserves all while prioritizing and enhancing community social, financial, environmental, and  physical wellbeing. Examples include General Motor’s Orion Assembly, Orion Township’s purchase of Great  Lakes Athletic Club and their investing in and revisioning of the space into a community recreation center,  upgraded and renovated several sewer lift stations and other waste management measures resulting in a  20% reduction in household disposal since 2020, and over $3 million invested in Orion Parks and trails.  

The Michigan Green Communities (MGC) program is open to all local governments in Michigan, at no cost.  MGC is a sustainability networking, benchmarking, and technical assistance program. It guides and supports  communities in adapting to a changing climate, protecting infrastructure, improving the quality of life for  residents, and creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable future for the state of  Michigan. 

Michigan Green Communities is supported by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and  Energy; the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; the Michigan Economic Development  Corporation; the Michigan Association of Counties; the Michigan Municipal League; and the Michigan  Townships Association. More details about this program can be found at  

Questions regarding the Michigan Green Communities program can be directed to Danielle Beard, Michigan  Green Communities Program Coordinator at [email protected].