1 in 8 mid-Michigan neighbors is experiencing food insecurity.
In a year of unprecedented inflation and rising food costs, GLFB has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of neighbors seeking support to keep food on the table.
In partnership with Feeding America food banks nationwide, Greater Lansing Food Bank honors Hunger Action Month every September to help spread awareness and inspire everyone to join the movement to end hunger — because everyone has a seat at the table when it comes to combating food insecurity.
What is food insecurity?
According to the USDA, food insecurity is defined as “having inadequate resources to acquire enough food for a healthy, active life.” Food insecurity is measured over a specified timeframe (typically 12 months).
While food insecurity and hunger are closely related, they are distinct concepts. Hunger is a common effect of food insecurity, and refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort.
How can I help?
There are many ways to join the movement to end hunger. Every action, big or small, is one step closer to an America — and mid-Michigan — where no one is hungry.
Orange is the official color of hunger relief. Throughout the month, wear orange when you’re out and about—make sure to tag GLFB on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and use the hashtags #HungerActionMonth and #TheFullEffect.
Every $1 donated provides up to three meals for a neighbor in need. Consider joining our Sustainers Circle by making your donation recurring each month and provide relief for neighbors experiencing food insecurity year-round, or amplify the impact of your gift by seeing if your employer offers a donation match.
Visit the volunteer portal on our website to find a mobile food pantry near you to help distribute food directly to neighbors or find a shift to help sort food in the GLFB warehouse.
Use your voice
Congress is preparing to vote on two key pieces of legislation that will have lasting effects on the state of federal food assistance — the 2023 reauthorization of the Farm Bill and the newly proposed Farmers Feeding America Act. Learn more about the Farm Bill here and find your representative here to make your voice heard in support of hunger relief.
Host a food drive
Host a food drive at your workplace, place of worship or other community location. Find information on how to host a food or fund drive on our website.
Grow & Give your extra produce
If you’re a home gardener with more produce than you know what to do with, consider donating your surplus to a local food pantry! Many pantries are thrilled to accept home-grown produce this time of year. Find one near you on our Garden Project’s Grow & Give page.