Donations help food programs stretch menu

LANSING, Mic h (WLNS) – Food is one thing we can’t live without but for many it’s the one thing people need more of.

And with the holiday season right around the corner there’s already an effort in Lansing to make sure people not only enough but a little something extra this special time of year.

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing is just one or many places that provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner for those in need.

Executive director Mark Criss says without help from the community the shelter wouldn’t be able to feed more than 150 people every day.

And this year he says the holiday season is off to a good start.

“We actually have two basements that are nearly full already, which is kind of unusual, so it’s wonderful to see the provisions continue to come in,” said a grateful Criss.

With the season of giving right around the corner, centers just like this one are making sure that they stock up, so that they can provide meals for families in need.

Russell Harper understands hunger and homelessness. “It makes a very big difference when you’re homeless, that there’s a place you can come and get warm food, and be inside, this is a good thing.”

Harper has relied on Lansing’s Volunteers of America for meals for the last three years.

“I don’t know how people would live on the street without something like this,” says Harper.

And a lot of the food he eats comes from one man in particular.

“I was doing a few other things for smaller food banks, but there was never enough, they had to buy their meat, they can’t afford to buy their meat so with that here, cha-ching, I says I’ll get the meat and give it to ’em,” explains Tom Cullimore of his giving to VOA.

Today Cullimore donated 1,000 pounds of ham and chicken to the VOA kitchen.

And this isn’t the first time he’s done this.

His reason is simple. “If you can give, give.”

Especially this time of year, food banks are in need of that something extra to make the holiday’s special.

Criss has a suggestion for people considering donations. “Of course, hams and turkeys are always rolling in but I think our need really has more to do with vegetables and fruit because we provide a lot of meals.”

And Harper, who has been on the receiving end, has a final thought. “I just hope it goes on, ya know, no one should be hungry.”

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