India Cultural Society Recognized by GLFB for Philanthropic Giving


Justin Rumenapp

May 7, 2018

India Cultural Society Recognized by Greater Lansing Food Bank for Philanthropic Giving

Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) presented the India Cultural Society (ICS) of Lansing with the 3nd Annual Founders’ Award during the 12th Annual Empty Plate Dinner on May 3, 2017. The Award pays tribute to the contributions of individuals and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to ending hunger in Mid-Michigan.

ICS has supported GLFB for more than 20 years though their annual “Feed The Hungry” holiday luncheon fundraiser. With the generous support of the Society membership and the community, this luncheon has raised donations in excess of $20,000 annually in recent years. In 2017, the organization made a donation of more than $29,000 in memorial honor of ICS leader Mr. Jai Jaglan.

“The India Cultural Society has shown true dedication to the community through their support of anti-hunger programs,” said Joe Wald, Executive Director of Greater Lansing Food Bank. “ICS members are community friends and neighbors who embody the giving spirit of our founders, and we are pleased to present them with this award.”

To ensure that no one in Mid-Michigan would go hungry, community leaders David Hollister, Camille Abood, Patrick Babcock and William Long founded the Greater Lansing Food Alliance in 1981–now known as the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The food bank founders created a movement the people and businesses of the Greater Lansing area have supported since that first call to action. The founders’ vision and empathy created more than just an organization; they created a movement that is still supported to this day. The Founders’ Award was created in 2016, in their honor.

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