For the past three years, LCC has partnered with the Greater Lansing Food Bank to help battle hunger in the area. The project is slated to be a success again in 2012.
“One CAN Make a Difference,” an annual Lansing area food drive, features drop-off sites and opportunities to donate from Nov. 12 to 30.
The partnership between LCC and the food bank began through the college’s Student Life and Leadership office in 2010, according to Al Nowak, the department’s director.
Nowak said the partnership is aimed at giving back to the community.
“In years past, we have had 2,040 pounds of food donated in our first year,” Nowak said. “In our second year, we dropped to just over 1,300 pounds of food. But our donation amount went from about $1,000 to about $1,700.”
Drop-off locations at LCC are as follows:
* LCC’s Main Campus at the Welcome Center.
* GB 221, Office of Student Life: GB 218.
* LCC Police and Public Safety: GB 251.
* LCC East Campus (1st Floor Service Center).
Can goods as well as monitory donations will be accepted.
Nowak said he hopes 2012 will be an even more successful giving year at the college.
“I’m hoping that this year we can at least surpass a donation amount of food or cash contributions,” he said.
Those donating are eligible to win prizes from a raffle after the drive is complete.
Prizes for the raffle include LCC apparel gift cards, USB drives and $100 Star Card credit.
Neighboring store and restaurant Gibson’s Book and Beans is one of the local businesses participating in the drive.
Gibson’s manager, Kellie McNapp explained how the restaurant supports giving during the holidays in its own special way.
“We’ve gotten a bunch of people that turned out for (the drive),” McNapp said. “It’s been really awesome. We have a jar on the counter for people to give money too.” Gibson’s staff is also attempting to give back to the community by engaging in an initiative they call “Lets Bag Hunger in Lansing.”
Individuals who are able to fill up a brown paper bag with non-perishable food items and bring it to the restaurant before Nov. 27 will receive a free fountain drink. The food bank will arrive at LCC with a van on the Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. to collect all donations.
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