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.
A local farmer’s market is finishing out its season this October, continuing a mission to bring farm fresh produce to the traditionally undeserved South Lansing community. “In order to help people out, we have alternative payments,” said Jenae Ridge, the South Lansing Farmer’s Market manager. “We accept EBT and WIC Project Fresh, as well as credit card.”
Ridge finds the most special part of the farmer’s market to be the way that the vendors and customers treat each other. “I think the community between the vendors is special, and also the customers,” said Ridge. “The vendors have really gotten to know each other.
By Lauren Kroll
Mason Times Staff Writer
Community Garden leaders Kelli Green and Anthony Konkel
MASON–The Mason Community Garden brings citizens together each spring and summer through common interests in gardening and community spirit.Volunteers have helped make the gardens a staple since their beginning in spring 2010. Located at 213 N. Jefferson St., approximately 0.2 miles north of downtown Mason, the garden offers growing areas for individuals and a large community donation plot. The garden can also be reached from the Hayhoe walking path. The community garden is composed of a 75-foot by 30-foot donation plot and 25 individual plots (15-by-15). Jill McMahon, co-leader of the individual plots, said, “The volunteer force is 12 so far this season, but that they are always seeking new volunteers to be involved in a variety of tasks associated with the garden.”
This year, garden leaders are working toward making the individual plots accessible to handicappers with the help of the Lansing Garden Project.