At the Greater Lansing Food Bank, our mission goes beyond serving the emergency food needs of our clients. Our programs are also designed to foster self-sufficiency, sustainability and community building.
Part of the GLFB’s mission is to help those in need toward self-sufficiency. The Garden Project does just that.
This program provides access to land, how-to education, free seeds and plants, tool lending, a networking hub and more. This helps ensure that everyone in our community can have access to fresh, healthy food.
We support a network of more than 90 community gardens and more than 400 home gardens, serving an estimated 7,000 people. The Garden Project also manages our gleaning program, which rescues quality produce from Michigan State University and area farms to distribute through our network of agencies.
Helping people grow food as a source of income as well as nourishment is the goal of Lansing Roots, a new program launched by the Greater Lansing Food Bank in 2013.
Lansing Roots is designed to help limited resource or historically underserved individuals begin successful market gardening and farming through an incubator farm setting. Lansing Roots is made possible through a Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant administered by the USDA-NIFA.
Moving perishable food from sources that have too much to the places food is needed is the role of Food Movers.
Food Movers rescues prepared food from restaurants, commercial kitchens and event centers that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers it to our network of pantries, kitchens and shelters.