New Lansing Program Gives Kids Free Lunches During Spring Break

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

10-year-old Tamia Gentry will be stopping back at the tables of Lansing's Advent House Ministries with her family Monday through Friday this week for a good lunch.

"I'm thankful to the City because they're just trying to help out and help the kids have something to eat," said the Riddle Elementary School student.

The new program to Lansing is called "Feed the Children." It gives the City a way to ensure a healthy, well-rounded meal for all kids while school cafeterias are closed this week.

For many struggling families, it couldn't be happening at a better time.

"Most of the students in this district are currently being served under federal programs with free and reduced lunches," explained Advent House's Kimberly Krohn. "Given the time of month that this spring break falls, it's at the end of the food stamp cycle for a lot of these families."

Krohn has worked for Advent House for years and ofter sees many families embarrassed about not being able to afford all the food they need.

The boxed lunches will include fresh fruit and juice.

Krohn says there will be plenty: "The more we utilize these services and show that they're needed, we show the government that there are people out here in need."

In her mind, the bigger the turn out at all locations, the more likely this program will continue in future years.

Nearly 20 locations around the city will distribute free boxed lunches, fresh fruit and juice Monday April 2 through Friday April 6 from 12pm-1pm, or until meals run out.

The following sites will be distributing meals each day:

-LaRoy Froh Public Housing
-Southside Community Center
-Cristo Rey Community Center
-Mt. Vernon Public Housing
-Gier Community Center
-Southside Community Coalition
-Letts Community Center
-Baker-Donora Community Center
-Foster Community Center
-Allen Neighborhood Center
-NW Initiative
-Summer Place Townhomes
-Hildebrandt Public Housing
-Advent House Ministries
-The Village Summit
-East Side Community Action Center
-Black Child & Family Institute
-Traditions Townhomes
-Edgewood Villas

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