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 to address mid-Michigan businesses and decision makers about food insecurity in our communities and how it impacts every business.
“What you’re doing is helping, we have data that shows the work that we do together is helping,” Babineaux-Fontenot shared, referencing the USDA announcement stating food insecurity rates in 2021 were at the lowest they’ve been since 1998 when the USDA first started tracking it. Our community’s incredible efforts to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic prevented so many families from going hungry. This year, as our neighbors once again face economic challenges with rising costs and already tight budgets, we must continue our fight against hunger. “Let’s not quit yet,” Babineaux-Fontenot implored.
GLFB has already distributed nearly 7.5 million meals to neighbors this year. We work closely with our network of more than 140 community partners to connect individuals and families with food, even
amidst a 15 percent increase in the number of households needing our services. GLFB remains committed to providing nutritious meals to anyone experiencing hunger in mid-Michigan and we know the winter season brings new challenges for families across our region.
Because of the commitment of our incredible community, GLFB can continue to make sure nobody faces hunger alone. Together, we are giving the gift of joy this season.