Facts about our organization

Here’s a look at Greater Lansing Food Bank by the numbers (as of 2012):

  • Food warehouse facility: 29,281 square feet
  • Member agency distribution network: 136 pantries, kitchens, shelters
  • 7 counties served: 3,980 square miles
  • 7-county population: 678,397 (2010 census data)
  • GLFB Employees: 27
  • Miles traveled picking up and delivering food over the past 12 months: 110,798
  • Pounds of food distributed in 2012 (calendar year): 6,592,676
  • Volunteer hours: more than 17,000
  • 91 community gardens
  • 10,277 total donations to the GLFB, averaging $163

Mid-Michigan Hunger Facts

  • Mid-Michigan people suffering from food insecurity:
    • Clinton County: 11.9% of population – 8,270 people
    • Eaton County: 13.3% of population – 14,210 people
    • Ingham County: 17.6% of population – 49,060 people
    • Clare County: 19.2% of population – 5,970 people
    • Isabella County: 16.6% of population – 11,560 people
    • Gratiot County: 15.9% of population – 6,790 people
    • Shiawassee County: 15.3% of population – 10,930 people
  • Many food bank clients are families with children needing food assistance for the first time.
  • 38% of the members of households served are children under 18 years old
  • 8% of the clients are age 65 and over
  • 46% of clients served report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • 34% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
  • Contrary to popular belief, not all those in need of assistance are unemployed. 36% of households include at least one employed adult
  • In mid-Michigan, 1 in 4 children will go to bed hungry tonight

(Information was gathered from the 2009 Feeding America Hunger Study)