With spring in full bloom, there is hope for better days ahead, as the start to 2019 was unlike any other mid-Michigan has seen. Because of the polar vortex, government shutdown and increased time between SNAP benefits, homebound seniors were unable to receive the prepared meals they needed. Many neighborhood pantries weren’t able to open, and people were unable to travel to community kitchens. Kids were missing school meals and parents were missing multiple days of hourly work. But that is exactly why the food bank is here.

It is because of your support that we were ready and able to provide additional food where and when it is needed. No matter what the circumstance, Greater Lansing Food Bank and our partner agencies want to make sure that all of our friends and neighbors have enough food. Your gift today will ensure that we are prepared for the next challenge because providing nourishing meals to those in need is their best hope for stability.

Bill has been a member of Redeemer Church in Dewitt, MI for 10 years and is also a longtime volunteer with the church’s food pantry:

“It is a terrific way to outreach to the community and serve our community members who have really come to appreciate that there is food available here for them. We have regulars and first-timers. Some are veterans, moms, doctors, grandparents – I see people my age all the time who are raising their kids and grandchildren and coming in to get food from the food pantry. The first-timers are usually a little sheepish at first, so we try to alleviate those feelings. We make sure to administer to their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being; we always help them carry things to their car, get to know them, tell jokes – all of these things are really what community is about. It is a tremendous blessing.”

Since opening in 2006, The Redeemer Food Pantry has provided 1,061,403 meals to Clinton County families.

For every dollar you give today, we can provide three meals to those who need it the most. Thank you for giving. Together, we will be there for our community.

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