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Latest News and Events from Portage Health Foundation

October 29, 2020

November Mobile Food Pantry schedule includes two new partners

Events scheduled for Hancock, Baraga and Ontonagon

The November Mobile Food Pantry schedule is set with events scheduled for the first three Thursdays of the month, including new locations in Houghton and Baraga counties.

  • Thursday, November 5, 2..

October 28, 2020

PHF’s Giving Tuesday to include 18 non-profits and up to a $200,000 match in 2020

$671,692 provided to non-profits during first three years

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is proud to announce 18 local non-profit organizations are participating in its fourth annual Giving Tuesday program on December 1. This year will feature a..

October 20, 2020

Squish Your Squash-Cooking Fears with Biblio Bistro

The sixth and final episode of season one of Biblio Bistro highlights slow-cooked winter squash, which is a delicious recipe using ingredients mostly available at the Copper Country’s amazing farmers markets. The squash is from Chip Ransom's farm..

October 14, 2020

Innovative Partnership Brings Local, Fresh Produce to Area Families

Collective CSA Program from PHF serves 20 families in summer 2020

In an effort to increase food access in Michigan’s Copper Country, Portage Health Foundation (PHF) created a program to bring local, fresh produce to 20 families this summer.


October 9, 2020

October Mobile Food Pantry Schedule

NOTE: The October 15 (Houghton) and October 22 (L'Anse) food distributions are happening as scheduled, but they are being hosted only by BHK Community Action Agency. These are not in conjunction with Portage Health Foundation, Feed America West..

October 8, 2020

Slow-Cooked Kale is the Perfect Fall Recipe

The fifth episode of Biblio Bistro highlights slow-cooked kale, which is a delicious recipe using ingredients mostly available at the Copper Country’s amazing farmers markets. The kale and several other items were purchased at the Downtown Houghton..

September 17, 2020

Non-profits invited to apply for PHF’s Giving Tuesday match for 2020

Portage Health Foundation matching donations again this year

Applications are being accepted by Portage Health Foundation for non-profit organizations interested in partnering with the foundation’s annual Giving Tuesday campaign, where PHF matches..

September 14, 2020

200+ Participate in Capturing Kids' Hearts Training

More than 200 Copper Country educators were introduced to the Flippen Group's Capturing Kids Hearts training in late August as they prepared to start the 2020-21 academic year. 

"The Capturing Kids' Hearts experience is an absolutely amazing..

September 13, 2020

What Portage Health Foundation is Doing to Combat Addiction

Welcome to the final episode of the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series. As we finish up we’ll hear from PHF board chair Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette on her vision for the foundation’s role in tackling the addiction crisis, Mark Maggio from..

September 6, 2020

UPSET West Effort to Stop Addiction - Addiction Series Episode 12

It’s amazing what can happen when a community comes together for a noble cause. That’s precisely what happened with the formation of UPSET West, which was formed in 2016 to increase the level of narcotics enforcement in the western Upper Peninsula...