Partnership with Purpose, Isabella Community Soup Kitchen

Isabella Community Soup Kitchen is “sharing a warm meal for a better community.” A simple vision with a profound impact on the neighbors they serve. A partner organization of Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), Isabella Community Soup Kitchen (ICSK) provides free breakfast and lunch in a warm, safe environment where all are welcome. “We are More

When to Plant Your Garden

Written by: Matthew Romans, Program & Education Specialist – Garden Project When should you plant your vegetables? The best time to plant your garden varies from vegetable to vegetable, but in general, garden veggies can be divided into two main categories; cool season and warm season plants. The following guide outlines these two categories, and More

Food or Medicine? 

Food Or Medicine?  That was the difficult decision Bridget and Kevin were facing last year.  Kevin had to retire from landscaping after a successful 25-year career to be the primary caregiver for his father, who was battling dementia. That meant Bridget’s job as a restaurant manager was the only income for their family of four.  More

Where to Place Your Garden: 4 Key Considerations

Written by: Matthew Romans, Program & Education Specialist – Garden Project When selecting a location for a garden, there are 4 key considerations; (1) how much sun or shade a space receives, (2) water drainage, (3) soil quality and (4) proximity to water & home. 1. Sunlight Exposure Most garden vegetables require direct sunlight (no More

Make Sure Hunger Isn’t Holding Anyone Back in the Classroom

  At Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), we know food insecurity has the potential to harm college students’ ability to achieve their educational and professional goals. Overall, the number of college students with low household incomes has increased. When this is combined with the rising cost of education, many adult students are struggling to make More

SNAP Emergency Allotments Are Ending In February

SNAP Emergency Allotments Are Ending In February What is changing? Recent federal legislation passed in December 2022 brings an end to the SNAP Emergency Allotments. These additional food assistance benefits have been issued since April 2020 and have been loaded onto SNAP participants’ Bridge Cards as a second payment each month. February will be the More

Together in the Fight Against Hunger

In September, GLFB had the honor of hosting Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, the first time in our history we had the national CEO in our community. At the Lansing Regional Chamber’s Economic Club Luncheon, Babineaux-Fontenot joined Michelle Lantz, GLFB CEO, and Dr. Phil Knight, Food Bank Council of Michigan Executive Director, on stage More

Hunger Heroes, the Invaluable Volunteers – Dean Kimmith

Dean Kimmith is a hunger hero. He has been volunteering at Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) for more than five years, working a variety of roles to help out wherever he can. “It was important to me to stay engaged in human service issues after I retired,” states Dean, “This has been an incredible experience More

Give Joy this Season!

A few years ago, one of our neighbors, Rebekah, encountered some serious health issues and couldn’t work. “I became very sick, very quickly,” she said. “I went from math camp teacher, tutor, full-time mom, full-time college student, to sleeping 20 hours a day and having trouble holding my head up.” She knew her family needed More

Partner Spotlight: The Bread House

The Bread House is an international ministry that partners with GLFB as a food pantry in Ingham County. Dara Mayhoe, a key leader of the Bread House’s community outreach ministry overseeing the food pantry, knows firsthand the impact of hunger on a family. “As a child I remember very clearly how my family relied on More

Give Joy this Season: A message from Lupe and Tom Izzo

The mid-Michigan community has long been a cornerstone of our lives and basketball has offered us a unique connection to residents in this region. As we head into the holiday season, we reflect on another year and everything for which we are grateful. In our household, the holidays are a time when we gather with More

Partner Spotlight: Veterans4USA

Veterans4USA became a partner of Greater Lansing Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic when many people, especially those who are veterans, struggled with food insecurity. Together, Veterans4USA and GLFB provide monthly food distributions at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Alma and the Clare-Farwell American Legion post in Farwell. Veterans4USA also helped the More