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Food At An All Time High

As we reach record low temperatures in the mid-Michigan area, there is another record the capital city could reach, the number of meals delivered through the Lansing food bank.

"The situation is one of those that we can not fail, this is so critical to our community," said Executive Director Greater Lansing Food Bank Joe Wald.

Joe Wald describes the need as critical because the most recent data shows one in six people and one in four children in our area will endure the cold with nothing to eat and the need is growing.

"We will distribute in excess of 7 million pounds of food out of this warehouse this year, that's a lot of food, more than we have ever distributed before," Wald said.

By about a million pounds, going to over 160 agencies across seven counties.

"We've got volunteers scheduled for everyday because the need is so great," Wald said.

"Where we would normally see a decline, we have not seen," said Rescue Mission Director Tiffany Wilkinson.

Tiffany Wilkinson, the director of women and children ministries says for the past three months they have been consistently around capacity at 90 to 100 women and children.

"We provide breakfast and dinner every day here, last year we did over 49,000 meals just for the women and children here."

And in 2013 they only expect that number to go up.

"We don't budget for food, all of our food is donated," Wilkinson said.

Which means in order for those to eat that need it most, both the rescue mission and food bank need your help.

"Our community has a firm belief and we have it here, that no one in mid-Michigan should go hungry and with that belief, this is too important not to do."

If you would like to donate items to the Great Lansing Food Bank you can call,

(517) 853-7800 or visit the Greater Lansing Food Bank website. You can donate to the City Rescue Mission here.

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