What is the difference between a food bank and food pantry?

Greater Lansing food Bank (GLFB) works to acquire and warehouse millions of pounds of food. We then distribute food through our partner agencies – food pantries, community kitchens and backpack programs that provide food directly to clients.

What is a mobile food distribution?

GLFB and community partners hold mobile food distributions to take food and hand out directly to people in need. To view upcoming mobile food distributions, visit the GLFB Facebook Events.

Who is eligible to receive food?

ANYONE in need within the seven counties that we serve (Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella, and Shiawassee) can receive food from GLFB’s network of partner agencies. At GLFB, we believe that no one should ever go hungry.

How can I receive food?

To locate your nearest emergency food resource (a GLFB partner agency), dial 2-1-1 and you will be connected to a United Way call center. If you have questions or need further assistance, you can call the GLFB Assistance Line at (517) 449-9457.

Do I need any paperwork to receive food?

You do not have to show income documentation; however, all food pantries ask for proof of residency. You will also be asked to verify that you meet the income and/or program guidelines.

Do I have to pay for food?

If you are visiting one of our partner agencies, you will never have to pay for food. Our partner agencies are required to offer their food services to you 100% free of cost.

How often can I visit a food pantry?

How often a client receives food from a pantry varies based on each individual pantry, the days and hours they are open, and the policy they have n place. Most will allow visits once or twice per month.

Do I have to go inside a food pantry at this time to receive food?

Due to COVID-19, most of our pantries have switched to a drive-thru model with pre-boxed food, which means you do not have to get out of your vehicle. Simply drive up and someone will load your car, limiting as much contact as possible.