November 2, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Greater Lansing Food Bank Launches Holiday Campaign
LANSING, Mich. – The Greater Lansing Food Bank kicks off its annual holiday campaign – the organization’s largest fundraiser – today. For those who are in jeopardy of going hungry, the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) is a lifeline. For the GLFB to ensure that food assistance is there when it is needed, community donations are its lifeline. Donations raised through the holiday campaign account are critical, accounting for approximately one third of the GLFB’s operating budget each year, said GLFB Executive Director Joe Wald.
“Making certain that no one in our community goes hungry is a 365-day-a-year challenge,” said Wald. “The food bank depends on community support throughout the year to meet that need.”
This year’s theme, “Best Gift Ever,” emphasizes the life-changing impact of every donation, said Wald. Thanks to the GLFB’s programs and efficiency, every dollar donated provides food equivalent to more than five meals.
Thus far in 2016, the Greater Lansing Food Bank has provided more than six million meals to help area residents in need of food assistance, Wald said. Most of those are children and the elderly; others include the “working poor” who have jobs but can’t cover the basic necessities of life.
“We live in a community that truly cares,” Wald said, noting that GLFB receives donations from people of all ages and means. Local media and other organizations are also instrumental in the success of the holiday campaign. “We could not do this without the support of our many valued partners,” he said.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) is a non-profit organization that provides emergency food to individuals and families in need in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Clare, Isabella and Gratiot counties. It raises money, food and in-kind contributions to meet emergency food needs; coordinates and supports the work of area food pantries; rescues wholesome excess food that would otherwise go to waste; promotes, encourages and emphasizes self-help programs toward the goal of self-sufficiency; and educates the community on hunger issues.
To learn more about the Greater Lansing Food Bank, visit greaterlansingfoodbank.org. To donate online, click here.
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