Volunteers and local organizations are key in helping the Holt Community Food Bank

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

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.

Planting seeds of growth: Lansing Roots

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.

Snowfall impacts community services in Old Town

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.