Oakland County Announces Grants to Help Eligible Residents Access Healthy Food

Peaches at Oak Park Farmers Market

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter, with the support of the Board of Commissioners, recently announced $700,000 in food assistance grants to help eligible families access nutritious food as the prices of fruits, vegetables, milk, and other staples continue to rise.

“Our goal here is to reach any Oakland County resident struggling with food insecurity. We don’t want our families to scrimp on other essentials, like rent or utilities or medicines, so they can make sure they don’t go hungry.”

-Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

The county is also allocating $250,000 to the Double Up Food Bucks program, which doubles the money for fresh produce at farmers markets for people eligible for food assistance.

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Oakland County Board of Commissioners Program Recognizes Older Adults in the County

Group photo of Oakland County Commissioners who nominated county residents for the Older Adult Award

60 is the new 50. Maybe it’s that 80 is the new 70. Either way, ideas about gray-haired people spending their days in rocking chairs are on the way out, and older adults are earning a new reputation as active and involved community members.

In honor of Older Americans Month, 12 community members were recognized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners with 2022 Oakland County Outstanding Older Adult Awards. The program, spearheaded by Commissioner Kristen Nelson (District 5), was designed to highlight Oakland County residents 60 years and older who demonstrate a passion for volunteerism and community service. Commissioners were invited to nominate a resident from their district for this special award program.

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Oakland County Mobile Boat Cleaning Stations Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Mobile boat cleaning station at park

Oakland County is home to thousands of lakes and rivers our residents use for boating and paddling, fishing, and hunting. These outdoor activities can unintentionally disperse aquatic invasive species (AIS); non-native plants, animals, and other organisms that can harm our local economy, environment and even our health.

In the summer of 2020, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners established the Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose (CD3) Pilot Program to raise awareness about the dangers of aquatic invasive species and to educate residents about how to help prevent the spread of these species in Oakland County waters.

The CD3 Pilot Program utilizes mobile boat cleaning stations to empower local water enthusiasts to better protect Oakland County waterways. These stations help users to clean, drain and dry their watercraft, and to dispose of any living organisms (plant or animal) that may be clinging to the crafts. With support from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the pilot program ran for the final weeks of the 2020 boating season, throughout the 2021 season, and just launched for the 2022 season.

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Oakland County Board of Commissioners Wraps Up Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Billboard on I-75 that reads "Don't read this. Just Drive"

Did you see a billboard like this during the month of April while driving on I-75 in Oakland County? Since the Oakland County Board of Commissioners observed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, hopefully the answer is a resounding no.

Commissioner Eileen T. Kowall (District 6 – White Lake Township and a portion of Waterford Township) introduced the resolution establishing this important observation during the March 24, 2022, Board meeting. It was adopted unanimously and acknowledges the life-threatening impacts of distracted driving and encourages all motorists to commit to safe driving behaviors.

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Oakland County Spreads Awareness Around Stormwater

Mandy Chu wins the Preserve MI Waters: Stormwater Manhole Cover Art Contest

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash awarded Troy Athens High School senior Mandy Chu with the first-place prize for the Preserve MI Waters: Stormwater Manhole Cover Art Contest.

Mandy received the award, which included a $1,000 scholarship and a small model of her art, at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 14. Her design was selected from 74 entries, and will be cast onto 50 storm drain manhole covers, which will start appearing across Oakland County this summer.

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