The Williamston Food Bank has been a staple in the town for 65 years, providing families with food, drinks, personal hygiene items, and much more. Located across from the Larkin and Nortman Memorial Field in the first floor of a dry old building, they have been able to do their work, but soon everything will be changing. A new larger building is being constructed right next to the food bank, which will be their new home. With a larger building and better equipment like grocery store freezers, the food bank will become client choice. This allows people to come in and choose food that they like and know they will eat.
The Holt Community Food Bank has been helping families in need for over 20 years now, with the help of local volunteers and organizations leading the way. The local food bank relies heavily on grants, food and cash donations year -ound, but also holds fundraisers. Other local organizations donate food or money as well. The Holt Kroger is extremely supportive of the food bank giving bread, baked goods, produce and frozen meats. Bonnie Mahieu, Holt Community Food Bank Coordinator, estimates that Kroger donates hundreds of pounds of food every week.
By Sheryl Levitt
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter
As summer comes to an end, the last fruits and vegetables are being harvested in gardens all over Lansing. This season has been a busy one for those involved with the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Lansing Roots program. Geared toward helping limited resource and under-served individuals, Lansing Roots provides land and agricultural training for beginning farmers in Mid-Michigan. Its primary purpose is to create successful gardening and farming enterprises in the Lansing area. The Greater Lansing Food Bank hopes its program will eliminate hunger in local communities.
By Sumaira Hai
Old Town Reporter
Old Town Lansing Times
LANSING – Recent winter snowstorms have had an economic and social effect on the Old Town community. The “polar vortex” of 2014, which brought over an estimated ten inches of snow to various parts of Michigan, took a toll on community services such as the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition>
Joe Wald, executive director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, said food supplies are down at all seven of the food banks in the area, including the one in Old Town, “The food bank has become the safety net to get nutritious food to those in need across our community,” he said. “Need increased,” Wald said. “In fact, we distributed 10% more food in 2014 than in 2013.”
Snow has caused numerous problems. GLFB had to close its operation during the snowstorm in early February. “We cannot pick up and delivery food if our trucks cannot run…our employees cannot make it to the warehouse…so we try to coordinate with our pantry network,” Wald said.