Poverty lives in Meridian, but hope is next door

By Madeline Carino
Meridian Times staff writer

Nelinda Cole married a good guy. They had a strong relationship, a beautiful son and appeared to be a typical family. He had a steady job and could provide for her and their child. They were happy. But it didn’t last.

Weekend Survival Kit program works to feed kids in need

By Richie Carni
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

EAST LANSING—The Weekend Survival Kit program is operating again this school year. The program helps provide for underprivileged elementary schoolchildren by donating backpacks full of food and delivering them to area schools. Dave Muhleck, owner of Allegra Marketing in Okemos, revived the program after it had been stopped due to a lack of funding and volunteers. Muhleck said the program has expanded greatly since he took over. “There are 17 schools being served right now in Lansing, Mason, Williamston, Haslett, DeWitt and other areas,” Muhleck said.