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LEO awards nearly $800K to Greater Lansing Food Bank to tackle food insecurity
December 05, 2023
MI Impact Grant supports nonprofits to help more Michiganders make ends meet
Lansing, Mich.—Today, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) announced $790,000 of the $15 million MI Impact Grant program was awarded to Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB). The grant, made available to Michigan’s large nonprofits who provide programming to lift people out of poverty, will allow the nonprofits to expand their services to help more Michigander make ends meet.
“No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table for their families,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The MI Impact Grant will provide several of Michigan’s largest nonprofits with the resources they need to continue making a meaningful and tangible impact in their communities. We remain committed to uplifting individuals living in poverty and ensure every Michigander has access to the support they need to ‘make it’ in Michigan.”
GLFB was among 10 large nonprofits receiving one-time grant funds of up to $2 million to create or expand programming that lifts Michiganders out of poverty. The grant program prioritized partnerships with larger nonprofits that share the state’s commitment to providing services that help lift Michigan residents out of poverty and above the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold.
“These funds will allow 10 large nonprofits to uplift the communities they serve and strengthen Michigan’s nonprofit ecosystem,” said LEO Director Susan Corbin. “We are proud to deliver on our mission to close equity gaps and remove barriers to economic prosperity.”
GLFB has led mid-Michigan’s fight against hunger to ensure families and neighbors in need have access to the nutritious food to support their health and well-being. GLFB’s seven-county service area encompasses Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee Counties. Thanks to the MI Impact Grant, the Food Bank will expand its focus with an equity lens on rural communities where residents face unique challenges that make affording food more difficult, including lack of public transportation, low-wage jobs and underemployment.
“Greater Lansing Food Bank is honored to be a recipient of the MI Impact Grant,” said Michelle Lantz, CEO of Greater Lansing Food Bank. “This investment will increase our capacity to provide nutritious food to neighbors who cannot access our traditional services. Our home delivery model will reach people traditionally underserved who would otherwise go without important nutrition, such as those who are disabled, senior citizens who don’t drive, and those in remote rural areas without reliable access to transportation.”
The MI Impact Grant program, aimed at addressing disparities that affect Michiganders’ abilities to afford necessities such as housing, child care, food, health care and transportation, plans to lift 100,000 families out of working poverty during the next five years.
The funding is supported through the American Rescue Plan Act, Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) with a goal to build a strong, resilient and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity. $50 million in funding is being provided to support nonprofits who have been negatively impacted due to the pandemic. The funding will be distributed through two separate programs, with a $35 million relief fund made available to smaller nonprofits earlier this year. Nonprofits were eligible to receive either the MI Nonprofit Relief Fund or the MI Impact Grant, not both.
The grant program also supports the recommendations of the Michigan Poverty Task Force, whose goal is to address the disparities that affect Michiganders’ abilities to afford necessities. To learn more and view a full list of grant awardees, visit the Michigan Poverty Task Force’s nonprofit webpage.