Floods hamper Lansing food program for children in need

Volunteers bagged free meals for children Aug. 11 as part of the Summer Bridge Lunch Program in Lansing.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)— Flooding from Monday’s heavy rains are impacting a program that feeds children in need.

Volunteers with the NorthWest Initiative and the First Presbyterian Church on West Ottawa Street teamed up Tuesday to hand out free lunches to struggling students.

The free Summer Bridge Lunch Program covers the meal gap between Lansing’s breakfast and lunch programs, which ended Aug. 7, and the beginning of the school year.

The group had planned to offer hot food Tuesday but their kitchen was flooded, so it was only bagged lunches this time.

Organizers say the extra work is worth the effort.

“To see their faces, to see their parents who are so appreciative of what we’re being able to do for them, that’s always wonderful,” said Peggy Vaughn-Payne, executive director of the NorthWest Initiative.

The free lunch program will run Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church until Sept. 3.

For additional information or to register a child, contact Danyel at 999-2894.

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