LANSING, Mich. — The Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) today unveiled its new logo as part of a reintroduction to the community following its consolidation with the Mid-Michigan Food Bank. The unification, which became effective July 1, was a year in the making and resulted in creating the area’s largest emergency food assistance organization, with services that also encompass sustainability initiatives such as a community garden program (Garden Project) and food rescue program (Food Movers).
The new consolidated food bank remains the Greater Lansing Food Bank in name, and features a new logo and an expanded mission focused on more efficiently and compassionately feeding those in need in the seven counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Clare and Isabella, with an ultimate goal of reducing food costs while increasing the supply.
Welcome to the Greater Lansing Food Bank website. After nearly a year of discussions and plans, as of July 1, 2012, the Mid Michigan Food Bank and the Greater Lansing Food Bank officially became one unified organization focused on efficiently and compassionately feeding those in need in the 7 counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Clare and Isabella. This new consolidated food bank will remain the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
To all those who have supported either…or both organizations, thank you. Your ongoing support is more important now than ever. To those who have been helped by either organization, it is our pledge to remain focused on providing food to those in need.
Although the summer months will be a time of transition and learning for all of us, we also see this as a time of opportunity. We look forward to working with our partners of the past, and developing new and innovative relationships moving forward. We look forward to your input, observations and ideas.
Written by Scott Davis – Lansing State Journal
Sharon Miller was alarmed for months by the unusual mechanical noises coming from the refrigerator-freezer at the food pantry she manages in south Lansing.
Dozens of hungry families depended on that half-century-old contraption each day at Our Savior Lutheran Food Pantry and the last thing Miller wanted was a freezer full of donated meat and frozen breakfasts to spoil.
Last month, Our Savior’s pantry effort received some relief when it accepted one of 38 refrigerators or freezers donated to pantries or soup kitchens that are part of the Greater Lansing Food Bank network in Ingham County.
Lansing-area food bank officials say the new freezers, along with a refrigerated truck donated to the Mid-Michigan Food Bank last week, will help them deal with a rising need for food assistance in a sluggish economy.
“I had been worried about that (old freezer),” Miller said. “When the new one came in, I felt I had won the lottery.”
With the National Weather Service projecting a low of 35 F and patchy fog on Thursday night for the Greater Lansing area, it's a good time to remember some basics to protect people, plants and pets from cold weather.
The Cash Man raps about donations, created by another food bank in Michigan. More can be found at http://cashfeedsmore.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 17, 2009
ROTARY CLUB OF LANSING FOUNDATION DONATES $15,000 TO FOOD BANK
M.S.U. U-CLUB HELPS THE GREATER LANSING FOOD BANK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELansing, Michigan – November 2, 2009 – The Capital Region Community Foundation has notified the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) that it has been awarded two additional cash grants to support its work in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. This is in addition to the three grants totaling nearly $25,000 that were announced earlier this year. The new grants awarded are:
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Terry Link, Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, offered these words of appreciation. “During the worst ongoing economic challenges that many of us can remember, this community has once again stepped forth to help us serve those in need. The continuing support of the Capital Region Community Foundation and the countless people who both donate funds and volunteer their time to determine how these funds will be used is immeasurable. It is part of the fabric which makes this such a great community. With the supply of food being challenged, and both the cost of food and the number of people requesting help rising, the support of our community becomes even more critical. Thank you for helping the Greater Lansing Food Bank feed those who may otherwise go hungry in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.”
The Food Movers Program uses vehicles to support both food rescue operations and the Neighborhood Partnership Program. Food rescue refers to food that has been prepared (such as in a restaurant, cafeteria, dormitory, etc.,) or is perishable, and not used. In 2008, Food Movers rescued and distributed more than 675,000 pounds of perfectly good food that would otherwise have been discarded. In addition to being a food rescue program that delivers food to human service agencies, community kitchens, subsidized housing, shelters and other programs where there are food needs, Food Movers operates five open food distributions centers with different Lansing area neighborhoods to provide food on a monthly or biweekly schedule.
The Dairy/ Produce Coupon Program, initiated in 2006 and expanded this summer, has been providing milk and fresh produce to families through the GLFB pantry system and partner grocery stores and farmers markets. Last year the community benefited from the Oprah "Big Give" event which helped the GLFB provide additional milk to families.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank was created in 1981 to meet a need in the Greater Lansing community that became critical during the major recession of the early 1980’s. Now, more than 25 years later, the Greater Lansing Food Bank is still working to address this need that will not go away…the need to feed those less fortunate. Through our network of pantries, related agencies, and partners, our Food Movers Program, and The Garden Project, we are working to provide access to good and plentiful food for all. In 2008, more than 2,000,000 pounds of food was provided to hungry people in Ingham, Eaton and
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greater Lansing Food Bank kicks off 27th Annual Envelope Drive fund raising campaign, asking the community to “Take a Stand Against Hunger”
Lansing, Michigan – November 6, 2009 – In the Auditorium of Lansing Catholic High School, surrounded by students, faculty, school administrators and guests, the Greater Lansing Food Bank, in partnership with the Lansing State Journal, kicked off its 27th Annual Envelope Drive fund raising campaign, asking the community to “Take a Stand Against Hunger” by donating money and food to feed the hungry in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Executive Director Terry Link emphasized the importance of this campaign. He shared that over the past year, more than 16,000 families, or more than 47,000 individuals accessed the food pantries coordinated through the Ingham County Food Bank, which organized the distribution of more than 1.2 million pounds of food provided through community support to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. An additional 30,000 individuals also received food assistance provided by the Greater Lansing Food Bank through related agencies and pantries beyond those in the Ingham County Food Bank network.
“This year, the Greater Lansing Food Bank has experienced a 25% increase in requests for food assistance and the need continues to grow” stated Link. In Ingham County, of the people served, 41% were children, 34% were the working poor and 25% were those living on fixed incomes. “In August and September we saw more than 350 new families seeking assistance through our Ingham County pantries.”
Board Chair Cheryl Wald made a point to thank the many people and businesses of the community who provide ongoing support, especially in these difficult economic times. “In the worst economic conditions that any of us have ever known, last year’s envelope drive resulted in record breaking fund raising totals. The Board made certain that additional allocations of food resulted from last year’s tremendous campaign. We truly live in a compassionate and caring community. But unfortunately, the need continues. We again ask for the support necessary to feed those in need.”
Wald continued, “The Greater Lansing Food Bank could not do what we do without the support of our wonderful volunteers and many partners such as the students at Lansing Catholic High School, but our relationship with the Lansing State Journal and the commitment of its leadership is truly special. We cannot thank Publisher Brian Priester and his team enough for their tireless support to address hunger in our community.”
Donation envelopes will be distributed in the Sunday, November 8 edition of the Lansing State Journal throughout the Lansing and outlying areas. The campaign is scheduled to run through the end of January, 2010.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank was created in 1981 to meet a need in the Greater Lansing community that became critical during the major recession of the early 1980’s. Now, more than 25 years later, the Greater Lansing Food Bank is still working to address this need that will not go away…the need to feed those less fortunate. Through our network of pantries, related agencies, and partners, our Food Movers Program, and The Garden Project, we are working to provide access to good and plentiful food for all. In 2008, more than 2,000,000 pounds of food was provided to hungry people in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties, at a value of more than $2.2 million.
Terry Link, Executive Director
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Advent House Ministries
485-4722 | http://www.adventhouse.com/
743 N MLK
Saturday: 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. (brown bag)
1611 E Kalamazoo
Thursday: 12- 12:30 p.m.
Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Coffee hour: 10:30 a.m.)
Christ Community Soup Kitchen
482-2252 | http://www.christlansing.com/soupkitchen.html
122 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing 48912
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
482-2252 | http://www.christlansing.com
122 S Pennsylvania
1717 N High Lansing, MI 48906
485-0145 | http://www.lcrm.org/
Sign up daily at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Monday – Sunday: 12:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
No Color Lines
3308 S. Cedar, Lansing, MI 48910
Sunday: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
484-4424 | http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
525 N. Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI 48912
Monday & Friday: 12-12:45 p.m
Southside Community Kitchen
676-8144 | http://southsidecommunitykitchen.org/
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
@ Christ United Methodist Church
517 W. Jolly, Lansing,MI 48910
Monday & Wednesday: 11:3- a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Volunteers of America
484-4414 | http://www.voami.org/
430 N. Larch, Lansing, MI 48912
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Capital Area Community Services (CACS)
393-7077 | http://www.cacs-inc.org
394-5411 | http://www.christianservicesloveinc.org/
City Rescue Mission
485-0145 | http://www.lcrm.org/
Family Nutrition Program
887-4588 | http://www.ingham.org/CE/NutritionEd/efnep&snaped.htm
887-9400 | http://snap-ed.fcs.msue.msu.edu/
887-4660 | website
Ingham County Food Bank
887-4357 | http://www.ingham.org/HD/foodbnk/index.htm
887-1440 | http://www.tcoa.org/
484-4424 | http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)
887-4326 | http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
Information Phone Service
Food and Nutrition Program Helpline
For Emergency Food Assistance in the Tri-County area dial 2-l-l. Residents of Ingham County can also call the Ingham County Food Bank at 517-887-4357 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Telephone referrals to local pantries only; no walk-ins.
To locate resources and help in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties
dial 2-1-1 or call the numbers below Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
or search the In Touch Database.
For Food Stamp information, call the toll-free Michigan Food Stamp Hotline Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 800/481/4989
or search the Michigan Food Stamp Partnership website.
For State of Michigan Food Assistance as well as Commodities, Project FRESH and WIC Program information, visit the Michigan Dept of Human Services website.
Revised May 2009
This report prepared by a diverse team of citizens concerned about our community's effectiveness in feeding those in need was completed in 2007. Click the link above to read the report for a clearer undertsanding of the issues facing our community and the organizations working to address those issues.