Day of Giving: Volunteers help food bank give back to community

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Everyone at 6 News is getting ready for our annual Day of Giving, it’s a chance to help the Greater Lansing Food Bank as they help feed the hungry in our community.

But the food bank is filled with generous volunteers who do that every day.

Local food banks give those in need a chance to take advantage of their goods and services.

Today, we shed some light on the backbone of this operation and why they drive.

“I like driving the truck and I like getting out seeing the different seasons. And I know when I take the palettes to the different agencies somebody is gettin’ fed,” said Robert Noecker, volunteer, Greater Lansing Food Bank.

The hunger from these volunteers stem from the need to help.

“Just knowing that we’re…feeding hungry kids and packing with uhh, this group of people is also tremendous fun,” said Julie Ricketts and Cathy Taylor, volunteers, Greater Lansing Food Bank.

One volunteer knows that with help, mouths will be fed.

“Making sure that people will have food on their table because food is a basic part of life. Everybody deserves to have a meal. Everyone deserves to be nourished and that’s what we’re here for is to provide nourishment to homes one meal at a time. And working with TV6 is a great way to get the word out to folks and get the money in so we can feed people,” said Kim Harkness, director of operations, Greater Lansing Food Bank.

If you are interested in lending a helping hand, the food bank will take you in.

“Always need people here to sort the food, package the food, because if it’s in our warehouse that’s great, but we need to be able to get it out of our warehouse and we need volunteers for that,” said Harkness.

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