Partnering with robust human service providers like Ministry with Community really does advance the health of our communities

Rob Oakleaf, Employee

Rob Oakleaf and his partner chef smiling for the camera after serving their meals at the Chefs Against Hunger event in Kalamazoo

Last night, I represented Bronson as a sous chef in the Chefs Against Hunger event here in Kalamazoo. All the proceeds from the event go to Ministry With Community. It is such a fun event and one that is close to my heart. Before working as the Healthy Living Coordinator here at Bronson, I was the Executive Director at Ministry With Community. Every year, I would be secretly jealous of the chefs and sous chefs because it looked like they were having so much fun – intense and chaotic fun – but fun none the less.  So when I transitioned over to Bronson, I promised that I would return as a sous chef.

And this year was my opportunity! I was thrilled when Bronson agreed to sponsor me as a sous chef. Being encouraged to participate in events like this helps me stay connected to my community and shows that Bronson is more than just another healthcare provider, but a real anchor institution.

Although my team didn’t win the cooking competition, it was a great way to be involved, on behalf of Bronson, in this great community event. We were able to raise money and awareness for Ministry With Community – and have fun while doing it!