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Story Spotlight: Lansing Public School District’s Lansing Student Development Program

For the 1 in 10 mid-Michigan children experiencing food insecurity, summer break can mean up to 90 days without school meal programs—too often, this means an interruption in the consistent nutrition kids need to grow, play and thrive. In July and August 2023, Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) was proud to partner with Cristo Rey More

Story Spotlight: Downtown Lansing Food Fight

Downtown Lansing businesses are always ready to #LiftUpLocal, whether by offering unique products, services and experiences to the community or by supporting food security in mid-Michigan through the Downtown Lansing Food Fight. The Downtown Lansing Food Fight, organized annually by the Organization Committee of Downtown Lansing, Inc. (DLI) is a competitive drive that takes place More

Story Spotlight: Immanuel Community Reformed Church Mobile Food Pantry

For former Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) Board Chair Joe Chahine, helping neighbors experience the full effect of a nourishing life is personal. Joe was born in a refugee camp in Lebanon and lived there until he was 14 years old, relying on United Nations support to meet basic needs like medical care and education More

Partnership with Purpose, Lansing Sam’s Club

Lansing Sam’s Club Partners with GLFB to Cut Down on Food Waste According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2021 report From Farm to Kitchen: The Environmental Impacts of U.S. Food Waste, researchers estimate about 35 percent of the United States food supply is wasted. Startlingly, this wasted food contains enough calories to feed 150 million More

What to Plant – Top 10 Best Vegetables for New Gardeners

Written by Matthew Romans, Program & Education Specialist – Garden Project The selection criteria for the 10 best vegetables for new gardeners is simple: First, grow things that they like to eat. One of the joys of gardening is that as you begin eating fresh vegetables, you discover you like foods that you previously disliked. More

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

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