Delta Dental helps feed Lansing school students

OKEMOS, Mich (WLNS) – A local company is stepping up to give back to the community.

Many kids here in mid-Michigan rely on school not only to learn but for food as well.

They’re given free breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday but what happens to those kids when they go home on the weekends?

1 out of every 5 kids in Ingham County don’t get enough food on the weekends.

And those same children are twice as likely to fall behind in school.

Those statistics come from the local non-profit “Many Hands”.

That’s an organization that works to fix the problem by donating “weekend survival kits” to thousands of students across the Lansing area.

“When kids don’t eat properly on the weekends, it can take them as long as a day, if not a day and a half for their minds to catch back up once they get to school on Monday and they have that free breakfast, have the free lunch,” says Many Hands co-founder and CEO Jeff Gorsline. “And so what we’re trying to do is, of course, allow that child to start school on Monday ready to go.”

Today the non-profit partnered with Delta Dental.

The company donated $15,000 and a dozen of its employees for the day to help pack kits for students at both Fairview and REO elementary schools.

Each bag contains four breakfasts and lunches, six dinners, and two to three snacks. That’s enough to last a child a whole two weekends.

Delta Dental encourages its staff to volunteer during company time.

Every two weeks there will be a new group of employees packing even more kits for local students.

Delta Dental’s Lisa Ermak explains “we want to make sure that local kids from Lansing and other areas in town are getting food they need so they can be successful in school and in life.”

And at least for now they are doing just that for 370 local kids.

If your child attends a Lansing school and you would like to find out if they qualify for the program or if you would like to donate to the cause you can get more details here.

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