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 neighbors.

What is a mobile food distribution?

GLFB and community partners hold mobile food distributions to distribute food directly to neighbors in need. To view upcoming mobile food distributions, click here.

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?

You can receive food through mobile food distributions or a community pantry. Click here for information on upcoming mobile distributions or to find the nearest pantry near you.

If you need further assistance please call GLFB’s assistance line at (517) 449-0360, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm. After hours and on weekends, call 2-1-1.

Do I need any paperwork to receive food?

You DO NOT need to show any type of paperwork to receive food.  

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?

Check with the individual pantry regarding their policy. Most allow visits once or twice per month.