LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Cristo Rey Community Center received a large sum of money to support programming and food pantries.

The $250,000 donation is from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to support programs and initiatives that have a direct impact on our neighbors and the communities we serve,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the foundation.

According to the CEO of Cristo Rey, the center plans to grow services, increase distribution and strengthen already-existing partnerships.

“We at Cristo Rey Community Center are humbled by the Consumers Energy Foundation’s significant investment in the work we do.  Their support will create lasting change for our organization, the Greater Lansing Area, and more significantly, the underserved, vulnerable population that benefit from our health, counseling, and food access programs,” said Joe Garcia, Chief Executive Officer of Cristo Rey Community Center.

Garcia said the initiative will help them improve their ability to “trim down the days of the supply chain” on getting fruits and vegetables to the center, so they can get more food out to people faster.
“This grant allows us to maximize our shelf space, to increase our efficiencies, to have the proper refrigeration, have a proper transport to get access to the fresh fruit and vegetables that are needed in our community, and we couldn’t be happier,” Garcia said.
Officials also said the center is already seeing an increased need for food in the community as we head into the Winter months, so this grant will help them keep up with the growing demand.

Another nonprofit, Roscommon United Way of Houghton Lake, received $250,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation.