By Lingling Xu
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
Grand Ledge—The Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a food drive for the Grand Ledge Food Bank.
The food drive is an event that mainly collects canned food and box food to feed the hungry.
“This is the fifth year of gathering donated food to deliver to the Grand Ledge Food Bank,” said Jill Russell, the executive director at the chamber of commerce.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Family Fare on South Clinton Street. And there will be a truck and a banner for the event.
The Grand Ledge Food Bank is one of the branches of The Greater Lansing Food Bank. It is a non-profit organization for individuals and families who need emergency food. Along with food, the food bank also takes in clothes, furniture, cash, checks, garden items, non-food items and personal items.
Linda Peach, a director of Grand Ledge Food Bank said it relies heavily on the food drive. It is one of the most important events for food bank growth, she said.
Peach also said that more and more new families applied for assistance. There are about 500 families on file with the food bank. Last year was only about 350 families on file.
The Grand Ledge Food Bank offers needy families enough non-perishable food to last six days. It also provides seeds, tools to home and community gardeners, according to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
The Grand Ledge Food Bank holds events every year in the local area, and collects food and items by distributing donation envelopes at organizational meetings, different workplaces and churches.
If anyone would like to donate to the Grand Ledge Food Bank or need assistance, the food bank is at 4980 Burt Ave., the Grand Ledge Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The contact number is 517-627-4348.