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Storms Prevent Elderly/Children from Food Assistance

The recent snowstorms that closed many local schools and businesses have also had a big impact on food assistance programs in Lansing.

Joan Jackson Johnson's duties as Lansing's director of human relations had her working out of the office today. She and some helpers packed trucks full of food, and set out to deliver it to those hit hardest by Mother Nature.

"We've had so many calls because those families end up losing food because of the power outages," said Jackson Johnson.

Jackson Johnson says many who lost food don't have immediate access to it –and that includes seniors who couldn't brave the storms, and children on snow days who rely on two school meals a day.

"We are aware that this area has some significant food challenges," said Jackson Johnson.

Her first stop of the day was South Washington Park, a Lansing subsidized living center that houses many senior citizens and low-income residents.

Many were line up, awaiting Jackson Johnson's food delivery.  

 "Many have children and are short on food stamps and what have you," said Tommy Brewer who lives in South Washington Park, "this little supplement goes a long way."

Brewer says many in the complex lost weeks worth of food during the power outages.

"We were talking amongst each other about how we were going to save what we had," said Brewer.

Residents here are thankful to say the least.

"We love her," said Brewer, referring to Jackson Johnson.

"The job is very overwhelming but it's also very rewarding in that you know that you're making a difference at the end of the day," said Jackson Johnson.





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