Food Movers began in 1992 as a prepared and perishable food rescue program sponsored by the Greater Lansing Food Bank. This program is a non-traditional form of food banking in that it rescues excess edible food in the Greater Lansing community. Teams of two volunteers pick up food from restaurants, bakeries, catered events, etc. The food is immediately delivered to shelters, community kitchens and other places in our community where there is a need for food. Refrigerated trucks are used so food quality is not compromised, and volunteers are trained in the safe food handling guidelines established by the Ingham County Health Department and the USDA.
Another part of Food Movers is the Neighborhood Partnership Program. We work with seven neighborhoods in providing an open food distribution. Clients call the Food Movers office to register and are assigned a site closest to their home. They then pick up the food on the scheduled distribution day. The kinds of food available are dependant upon what has been donated at any given time. Through this Partnership Program Food Movers has served 6,000 households (16,500 people), 3,700 volunteer hours have been logged and over 225,000 pounds of food have been distributed each year.
Food Movers relies on cooperation between the private sector and community agencies, as well as on our generous volunteers. Working together we can substantially reduce hunger in our community.