Food drives are a staple of community building and great way to provide food to our friend and neighbors! We have a variety of ways that you can give food, as either a business or individual.

As an individual

Your donation of fresh, canned or boxed food items is greatly appreciated! You may drop your donation off from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm at our warehouse location. You may call 517-908-3691 to find out more information about how to donate food.

Greater Lansing Food Bank
2116 Mint Rd
Lansing, MI 48906

Due to food safety standards, we are unable to accept food that has been prepared in an individual’s home or from a business that is not licensed to process or prepare food. Note that your donation can be covered from liability under The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

If you are a home or community gardener and wind up with extra veggies, or would simply like to grow for donation, please consider participating in our Grow-A-Row Program and donate to a local pantry. Follow the link below for a listing of agencies that can accept on-site donations of fresh produce, and some advice on which items are in highest demand.

As a business

If your business would like to partner with the GLFB by giving food, we can facilitate your donation in just a few easy steps.

We will need the following information about you and your donation:

  • Business name
  • Contact name
  • Phone number
  • Type of donation (fresh, staples, frozen)
  • Amount of donation
  • Location of donation

You can email the information to Todd Powell, our Food Resources Manager, at He will then call you to confirm the final details of the donation. Or call the GLFB warehouse at 517-908-3680 and we will assist you promptly. Note that you and your donation are protected under the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

Organize a Food Drive

Thank you for supporting the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the communities we serve by holding a food drive!

Holding a food drive is an effective way to help the GLFB fight hunger. Each and every item collected does make a difference.

Consider organizing a food drive in your neighborhood, at your local school, place of worship, service organization or workplace. You can also hold a fund drive for those who prefer to make monetary donations. Get started below!

You can also contact Todd Powell, our Food Resources Manager, at / 517.908.3691.


Canned beans: kidney, navy, pinto, pork & beans, refried
Canned fish: salmon, tuna
Fruit juice, 100% (canned and boxed)
Canned fruit or vegetables
Boxed meals: Complete dinners, Helper & pasta meals
Canned meals: beef stew, chili, hash, Spam
Vegetable oil (bottled)
Pasta: macaroni, noodles (including ramen), spaghetti
Peanut butter
Rice: instant and dinners
Potatoes, instant
Soup (canned and boxed)
Snack items: fruit snacks, granola bars, pop tarts
Tomato products: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste
Baby food and baby formula: Enfamil and Prosobee brands
Beverages: hot chocolate, coffee, tea
Cereals (hot and cold)
Muffin and pancake mixes
Canned pasta: Beefaroni, ravioli, Spaghetti Os
Instant pudding or jello
Snack items: cookies (store-bought not home-made), crackers
Staples: flour, spices (basic), sugar, syrup

Unacceptable Items
Home-canned or homemade goods
Opened or damaged items
Fresh or perishable items