Press Release – Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive This Weekend

5 05 2009

From a USPS press release……

WASHINGTON — This coming Mother’s Day, make Mom proud. Join thousands of postal carriers and millions of Americans in participating in the nation’s largest, one-day food drive, this Saturday, May 9.

The U.S. Postal Service proudly joins the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and Campbell Soup Company to support the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, designed for people to help those in need right in their own city or town.

Show Mom some love by donating non-perishable food to help some 35.5 million people, including 12 million children, who face hunger every day in America. The process to donate is simple: Put non-perishable food items in a bag and place it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to local food banks.

“This Stamp Out Hunger drive is a tradition entering its 17th year,” said Postmaster General John E. Potter. “The generosity of our customers has filled food banks and pantries all across the nation. Our employees will further demonstrate their powerful reach into each of their communities and how our assistance helps those in need.”

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes to collect food donations for distribution to community banks and pantries throughout the country. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved in the drive.

To promote this year’s drive, the Postal Service’s Priority Mail and Campbell Soup co-sponsored the printing of 130 million postcards encouraging the public’s participation. Public service announcements featuring movie and television stars David Arquette and Courteney Cox, as well as the Harlem Globetrotters, are being made available throughout the country. Valpak Direct Marketing Systems is focusing 40 million of its envelopes on encouraging food donations and Valassis is promoting the drive with 85 million of its mail-delivered Red Plum wraps.

Other co-sponsors of the drive are Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s food bank network; the United Way of America and its local United Ways; and the AFL-CIO.

In 2008, NALC members, with the assistance of rural letter carriers, other postal employees and numerous other volunteers, collected 73,113,915 pounds of food for the needy from postal customers. That brought the total for the first 16 years of conducting the drive to nearly one billion pounds of food.


Old Town Compassionate Feast

21 11 2008

From an Old Town Commercial Association Press Release….

100 local families to receive Thanksgiving baskets

Old Town, Lansing, Mich.- The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is starting the
holiday season with the eighth annual Compassionate Feast, a program dedicated to supplying 100 local families under the federal poverty line with all the ingredients necessary to make a traditional Thanksgiving feast in their own home. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed to local pre-qualified families on Monday, November 24 at the North Presbyterian Church, located at 108 West Grand River in Lansing’s historic Old Town district. Volunteers will sort, pack and distribute the food to local families between 9a.m. and 6p.m.
The OTCA is still raising money to purchase groceries for the baskets. Compassionate Feast is a
community event, and could not be possible without the generous donations given every year from local businesses and community members. Every penny collected goes to purchase food. The costs are anticipated to be approximately $7,000 for this year’s baskets. People interested in donating are asked to contact the OTCA at 517.485.4283 for additional information.

In partnership with Head Start, Cristo Rey and EVE Inc., the OTCA strives to find families who
need the Thanksgiving baskets the most. The families are pre-qualified, contacted and confirmed in the weeks prior to the event. With the help of the West Saginaw Meijer, The OTCA will purchase food based on each individual family and their needs.

“We’ve had some great people step up to help us this year,” said Jamie Schriner-Hooper, executive director of the OTCA. “In addition to monetary donations, we’ve had a few unique donations. Troppo donated 50 turkeys, which would have cost us about $1,000; October Moon donated food and baby blankets. We also received in-kind donations from Great Harvest Bread Company, Grand Traverse Pie Company, TechSmith and Paramount Coffee.”

Now in its eigth year, the program was started by David Such, owner of Such Video, a video
production company in Old Town. Working as a young photographer on a story about a soup
kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday provided Such with the inspiration for Compassionate


Press Release – Breakin Bread with the Blues

7 11 2008

From a press release

Breakin Bread with the Blues

What: 5th Annual Capital Area Blues Society food drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank

When: Sunday November 16, 2008 from 4 p.m. to midnight

Where: Green Door Blues Bar and Grill
2005 E Michigan Ave

Breakin Bread with the Blues has been sponsored by the Capital Area Blues Society for 5 years. The line up is:
Jimmy G and the Capitals, Those Delta Rhythm Kings, Lansing All Stars: Frog, Stan Budzynski, and Bill Malone, Marble Garden, and the Alligators.
Admission is $5.00 for the Blues Society and canned food for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Donations of food have totaled 100’s of pounds in the past.

Press Release – Finley’s and City Rescue Mission Team Up To Fight Hunger

31 10 2008

From a press release…..

Finley’s American Grill and the
City Rescue Mission of Lansing, are teaming up to fight hunger!!!

Lansing, Michigan – Finley’s American Grill will again partner with the City Rescue Mission of Lansing in the “Great Holiday Food Drive” by hosting their annual holiday non-perishable food drive. Non-perishable items will be collected at the Lansing area restaurants from Thursday, November 1 – December 31, 2008. In exchange, patrons who bring in non-perishable food items will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to be used at Finley’s from January 1 – March 31, 2009. This is Finley’s American Grill’s way of saying “THANK YOU” to the community for helping the less fortunate during the holidays.

Jim Hulteen, District Manager for Finley’s American Grill shares, “Finley’s involvement in this pantry drive is a passion for the work that the City Rescue Mission of Lansing does for the community. We are honored to be a partner with this fine organization and want to help them in any way we can to continue to meet the needs of those who are less fortunate.”

Food collected in years past through this partnership has literally fed thousands of families Mark Criss states, “The Food collected last year helped to feed over 70,000 meals at the Mission and helped in the distribution of hundreds of emergency food orders.”

The Finley’s American Grill’s that are participating in this years food drive are located at 6300 South Cedar Street, and 5615 West Saginaw Highway both in the Lansing area.

Press Release – MSU Food Drive

30 10 2008

From a press release…..


What: 2nd Annual Team MSU Tackles Hunger Food Drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank

When: Saturday November 8, 2008 at the MSU vs Purdue game

Where: 6 collection locations on MSU Campus: Munn Field, Lot 89, Lot 92, and 3 locations around the stadium.

Becky Dantonio, event chair and wife of MSU Coach Mark Dantonio, said “last year we had a big win with over 600 pounds of donated to needy families and our goal is to double that this year. We’re going to ‘bring it’ on the field against Purdue and we’re looking to the MSU community to ‘bring it’ to donation sites.”

The Lansing Jaycees are volunteering at several of the collection sites on Saturday November 8th to do the heavy lifting and thank donors. Food Movers, a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, will have vehicles and staff on site to receive donations.

A campus wide food drive will begin on Monday November 3 and go thru Friday November 7th. “In these tough times it is important for us all to band together and make a difference,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president for Housing & Food Services.

Press Release – Greater Lansing Food Bank

4 08 2008

From a press release.

For Immediate Release
August 4, 2008

Summertime and the living is easy…….but not for everyone.
Hunger has NOT taken a summer break.

A food drive to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank
Saturday August 9, 2008

9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

L & L Food Center on W. Saginaw at Waverly

Sponsored by:
Trinity AME Church
WQHH 96.5 FM
L&L Food Centers

All food collected will be distributed to the Greater Lansing Food Bank pantries that feed the hungry. As the number of those in need of food continues to rise, this is a timely opportunity for the community to assist in keeping the local pantry shelves well stocked.

Stamp Out Hunger Reminder

9 05 2008

Just a reminder, tomorrow (May 10) is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  Put your non-perishable food next to your mailbox and the post man will pick them up when they deliver your mail