By Stefany Banda
Holt Journal staff writer
For the fourth consecutive year, Trinity Church is hosting The Church of Greater Lansing Food Drop Project, where 3,000 food boxes will be delivered to families in need throughout the greater Lansing Area.
The Food Drop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holt High School. Stephanie Butler is the Church Partnerships Coordinator at Trinity Church and is also the administrator of the Food Drop Project.
According to Butler, planning and preparation for the project began in August.
Around 250 pre-event volunteers are needed to prepare for the event. Between 1,500 and 3,000 volunteers show up on the actual day of the food drop to help deliver the food, according to Butler.
“We love this format and structure because it’s family friendly. The church gets an opportunity to love the community,which is what we are called to do,” Butler said.
Butler stated that hunger has become a major issue this year in the area.
“This year is the highest number of requests we’ve ever had. We’re looking at about 3,300 families that will be serviced. The box of food that is delivered to each family is expected to feed them for about a week, depending on the family size,” Butler said.
Butler said the church raises all money separate from government funding or grants, primarily to offer the opportunity of prayer to the families.
“The families know and believe with all of their hearts that God is real and he cares about people. We give these families the food boxes and ask them, how can we pray for you? That’s the primary focus. Not just the physical need, but also saying we care about you as a person,” Butler said.
Butler said Holt High School has been extremely supportive. The entire Holt High School football team participated in last year’s Food Drop, as well as many athletes from Michigan State University.
“Holt High School is a perfect location because it’s centrally located,” Butler said.
The event on Feb. 25 begins with a rally that is held in the gymnasium at Holt High School at 11 a.m., where all community members are encouraged to attend and participate.
Butler said, “It’s all about hope. We want to show we care, and that we love our community and our people.”
For more information on getting involved with this project, e-mail Stephanie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.