Montcalm County Family and Consumer Sciences

Some of the MSU Extension employees below may not be housed at the Montcalm County office, but they cover Montcalm County programming.

Upcoming Events:

Cooking for Crowds

April 5, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. @ Montcalm County MSU Extension

Cooking for Crowds is designed for non-profit groups that run food fundraisers such as meals, bake sales, sub sales and barbecues.

There are a range of food safety risks that develop when cooking large volumes of food. Learn to reduce these risks and help prevent the conditions that may lead to a foodborne illness.

Each participant receives a safe food handling guide.

Register at:

For more information contact Joyce McGarry at 517-887-4587 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


ServSafe Manager Certification

April 23, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. @ Montcalm MSU Extension

Food establishments in Michigan require a certified food safety manager. This course provides education to successfully pass the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

Through ServSafe participants learn how to help prevent foodborne illness throughout the flow of food and set up food safety management systems.

The ServSafe Manager class covers the 7th Edition ServSafe Manager book.


For more information contact  Joyce McGarry at 517-887-4587 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



Eat Healthy, Be Active: NEW PROGRAM

Please come join us!

Eat Healthy, Be Active is a nutrition program where participants learn the skills needed to make healthy eating and regular physical activity be a part of their lifestyle. This program consists of six fun interactive lessons, each lasting approximately one to two hours. Eat Healthy, Be Active promotes healthy lifestyles and can help reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease.

Graduates will receive:

  • Lessons and materials at no cost for participants
  • Stretch bands for physical activity
  • A Certificate of Completion from MSU Extension
  • Eating Right is Basic Recipe Set

Meeting Location:  To Be Determined

Call Bonnie Havlicek at the MSU Montcalm Extension Office to get more information or reserve your place at (989) 831-7506.

SNAP-Ed / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education

Bonnie Havlicek
SNAP-Ed Program Instructor
MSU Montcalm Extension
211 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 368, Stanton, MI  48888
(989) 831-7506

Educational programs and materials for all ages about maintaining a healthy life style. Information about the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and Food Guide Pyramid.

The Family Nutrition Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education) provides nutrition education to anyone who is income eligible for or receiving food assistance benefits. MSU Extension collaborates with the Department of Human Services and other agencies to coordinate efforts and refer families to local community services that best meet the families’ needs. For further information call the MSU Extension Office at (989) 831-7500.

Project FRESH/Senior Project FRESH


Bonnie Havlicek
SNAP-Ed Program Instructor
MSU Montcalm Extension
211 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 368, Stanton, MI  48888
(989) 831-7506

The Project FRESH program provides participants with nutrition education and encourages them to improve their dietary choices by providing them with coupons to buy Michigan grown fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets. The program also increases the demand for Michigan grown produce and boosts the income of farmers who sell fruits and vegetables at participating markets. Available to WIC participants June to September.

Senior Project FRESH is a similar program in partnership with the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the local Commission on Aging aimed at helping to meet the nutritional needs of those county residents over the age of 60 with an income of less than 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Call the MSU Extension office at (989) 831-7500 to register or for more information.

Family Resource Management Education / Financial & Housing Matters

Brenda Long
Extension Educator
50 E. Sprague Road, Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-5357

Information about setting financial goals, saving for emergencies and constructing a family spending plan. Also, information about identity theft prevention and other family financial issues. For more information call Brenda Long.

The Financial Literacy and Housing program at Michigan State University Extension is dedicated to: “Helping people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical needs, issues, and opportunities.”

This website is designed to assist individuals and families in gaining understanding in basic financial management and housing related topics through web-based resources and educational tools.

Food Preservation Resources / Food Safety

Joyce McGarry
Extension Educator
MSU Ingham Extension
121 E. Maple Street, P.O. Box 319, Mason, MI  48854
(517) 887-4588

Answers to questions about currently recommended methods for canning and freezing food. Home canner testing and inspection. Publications about preservation of specific products. For helpful food preservation information contact Joyce McGarry with questions.

Experts recommend that dial gauge pressure canners should be checked every year for gauge accuracy to ensure safe and successful canned food results. We can test your canner. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Joyce. It’s FREE!


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