Greater Lansing Food Bank

Greater Lansing Food Bank feeds thousands

In Michigan alone, one of every six people struggles with hunger, according to feedingamerica.org.  The Greater Lansing Food Bank estimates that 17.6 percent of the population in Ingham county, or roughly 49,060 people, is suffering from food insecurity. The Greater Lansing Food Bank’s core mission is to make sure no one will go to bed hungry in any of the communities it serves. For more than 35 years, people in this community and workers at the food bank have come together to feed the hungry. “Food is really a building block for a person and a building block for a community,” said Justin Rumenapp, a food bank employee.

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Pink Dessert Wars take the cake

On October 11, local bakeries, pastry shops, caterers and restaurants in the Lansing area competed in the third annual Pink Dessert Wars. “Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays local and the other 25 percent of it goes to nationals for research,” said Alicia Brink, the community events coordinator of Susan G. Komen in Michigan. “We help men and women get mammograms that can’t afford it and are uninsured, so that’s always nice.”

The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing.  Doors opened at 4:30 p.m. for general admission and the event went on until 7 p.m.   Tickets were $12 when bought in advance and $16 at the door.  A portion of ticket sales benefited the Susan G. Komen foundation.