Press Release – Mid Michigan Food Bank

21 07 2008

From a press release

Red Cross collects food and money donations at the

‘Food Fight’ at Sam’s Club

(Lansing, MI)

 

Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Sam’s Club on Edgewood Blvd., the Mid-Michigan Food Bank raised over $12,240.00 and collected some 26,300 pounds of donated food. The people of the Lansing area showed their caring and concern by generously donating much-needed items such as peanut butter and tuna fish. 26,300 pounds of food will stock the food bank’s mobile food pantry for one of its weekly trips. Shoppers and donors could also purchase hot dogs and pop donated by Sam’s Club, with those proceeds also going to the Mid-Michigan Food Bank. Local radio stations from 99.1 WFMK, 100.7 WITL, 97.5, 94.9 WMMQ, The Game 730 AM, Newstalk 1240AM (Citadel Broadcasting Company) were on-location all day, as were Fox 47 News and WILX News 10, all helping to load the food in the pouring rain. Ralph Shaheen of Shaheen Chevrolet brought over two trucks, which were filled with food 22 times. Shaheen Chevrolet also very generously donated 40% of the cash raised. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release – Empty Plate Raises $168,000

12 05 2008

Got this press release from the Greater Lansing Food Bank….

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Greater Lansing Food Bank raised $168,000 to help feed the area’s hungry at its annual “Empty Plate Dinner & Auction” Thursday May 8, 2008.


“We met our goal thanks to the generosity and participation of the events guests, sponsors, and vendors,” said Peter Pratt, Greater Lansing Food Bank chairman. “This money will help the Greater Lansing Food Bank purchase high-demand foods not available through donations, support innovative programs to rescue and grow nutritious foods, and provide nutrition education and self-help initiatives.”


Over 500 guests savored gourmet delights by some of the area’s top chefs and received a commemorative “empty plate” decorated by local school children. In addition, they bid on one-of-a-kind collector plates — hand painted by artists and celebrities — paired with dinner, hotel, gift certificate and service prize packages.


“The Greater Lansing Food Bank was formed by our community, to serve our community, and all donations stay in our community,” Pratt said. “Even though the auction is closed, I urge all local businesses and residents to continue helping us provide food for the growing number of hungry neighbors in our area.”


GLFB supports a network of 58 community kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. In 2007 alone, the network served 1.2 million meals to children, seniors, working families and those on a fixed income. Unfortunately, it is still only able to reach about half of those in need — and the need is growing:

  • The number of Ingham County residents receiving food stamps increased nearly 50 percent in the last four years — many use the food bank to avoid missing meals at home

  • As many as 65 percent of Lansing students qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch

  • Eaton and Clinton county populations are increasing and Lansing/East Lansing area incomes are decreasing

  • Higher unemployment, and the rising cost of food and transportation are stretching everyone’s resources to the limit

The Greater Lansing Food Bank is a non-profit organization established in 1981. Its mission is to raise money, food and in-kind contributions for Lansing area emergency food needs; coordinate and support the food pantries in the area; promote, encourage and emphasize self-help programs toward the goal of self-sufficiency; and educate the community on hunger issues. It is the area’s leading source of food for those who need it most.





Press Release – Greater Lansing Food Bank

24 04 2008

As a public service, I’ll be posting Press Releases when I see them.  If your organization has any kind of food related news, e-mail them to me at midmichigandining@comcast.net.

The following press release is from the Greater Lansing Food Bank announcing their Empty Plates dinner and auction

LANSING, Mich. — The Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) will host its annual Empty Plate Dinner & Auction Thursday, May 8, 2008 to raise funds for and awareness of the growing hunger problem in mid-Michigan.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Big Ten Room of the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Guests will savor gourmet delights created by some of the area’s top chefs, and receive a commemorative “empty plate” decorated by local school children. In addition, guests can bid on one-of-a-kind collector plates — hand painted by artists and celebrities — that will be paired with dinner, hotel, gift certificate and service prize packages.

The Empty Plate Dinner & Auction is the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s largest annual event,” said Sharon Krinock, GLFB’s executive director. “It’s a great evening and a great opportunity to help address one of our area’s most serious problems –– hunger and food insecurity.”

GLFB supports a network of 58 community kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. In 2007 alone, the network served 1.2 million meals to children, seniors, working families and those on a fixed income. Unfortunately — and the need is growing.

  • The number of Ingham County residents receiving food stamps increased nearly 50 percent in the last four years. Many use the food bank to avoid missing meals.

  • Up to 65 percent of Lansing School District students qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch.

  • Higher unemployment and the rising cost of food and transportation are stretching everyone’s resources to the limit.

Organizers aim to raise $200,000 through the Empty Plate Dinner & Auction. Cash donations allow GLFB to purchase high-demand foods not available through food drives, support innovative programs to rescue and grow nutritious foods, and provide nutrition education and self-help initiatives.

The Greater Lansing Food Bank was formed to serve the tri-county community,” Kinock said, “and all donations stay in this community. The generous support of local businesses and residents helps us continue providing food for the growing number of hungry neighbors in our area.”

The Greater Lansing Food Bank is a non-profit organization established in 1981. Its mission is to raise money, food and in-kind contributions for greater Lansing area emergency food needs; coordinate and support the food pantries in the area; promote, encourage and emphasize self-help programs toward the goal of self-sufficiency; and educate the community on hunger issues.

To purchase tickets or become an event sponsor, to make a donation, or for more information about programs and volunteer opportunities, call the Greater Lansing Food Bank at 517-887-4307 or visit lansingfoodbank.org.