Independent Bank offices across Michigan will celebrate Michigan produced food Friday, July 31. Associates celebrate Big Days at the start of each new cycle in the bank’s gift program, which offers free gifts to new checking customers and current customers who refer friends and family.

Independent Bank will be promoting the “Select Michigan” campaign to showcase locally grown or produced food in the communities it serves. Each office will partner with local farm markets and produce growers, featuring samples and promotions. In addition, the offices will be conducting a food drive from July 31 until September 17 to donate to local families in need.

“As a community bank, we are proud to promote the Select Michigan program,” said Michael M. Magee Jr., president and CEO of Independent Bank. “Michigan is a unique state with a variety of products produced by customers, friends and neighbors we know. Buying locally helps support our state and keeps dollars here.”

“Buying locally means consumers receive fresher foods, while supporting local farmers, agri-businesses, and growing Michigan’s economy,” said Don Koivisto, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director. “In fact, if every Michigan household spent just $10 per week on Michigan-produced food, it would generate nearly $40 million each and every week in economic activity for our state. So, I encourage consumers to Select Michigan – it’s good for you, our growers and our state’s economy.”

“Select Michigan,” administered by the MDA, is the State of Michigan’s brand identification program promoting the sale of Michigan grown, processed and manufactured food and agricultural products. The Select Michigan logo can be found on products sold at retail grocery stores and farm markets, statewide.

For a listing of community farmers’ markets, visit the Michigan Farmers’ Market Association Web site at www.farmersmarkets.msu.edu. For a listing of local on-farm markets and u-pick establishments, visit www.michiganfarmfun.com. For more information about the Select Michigan Program, visit www.SelectMichigan.org.

Independent Bank operates more than 100 banking offices in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. A complete list of Independent Bank locations can be found at IndependentBank.com or by calling 1.888.300.3193.