By Victoria Bowles
Old Town Lansing staff writer
Community outreach programs expand to feed the hungry
OLD TOWN LANSING — After 14 years of providing families with Thanksgiving meals, Old Town’s Compassionate Feast is looking for new ways to satisfy the growing need. The goal of the Compassionate Feast is for the families to have the experience of making Thanksgiving dinner in their home, and not have to go to a soup kitchen, said Louise Gradwohl, executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “Our initial goal was not to feed the needy but to expand our community outreach,” Gradwohl said. “Now it is one of the key ways that we give back to the community, and it is a rewarding experience for everyone involved.”
Last year the OTCA helped nearly 174 families, which is roughly 700 people, by collecting both food and monetary donations, Gradwohl said. The Compassionate Feast takes two months to prepare for, and this year the OTCA has chosen to pair up with the Epicenter of Worship Church to share some of the responsibilities that come along with organizing the event, Gradwohl said.