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PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Director Tim Boring Tours Greater Lansing Food Bank; Volunteers in Mid-Michigan

LANSING, MI - Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring toured the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) and volunteered to help local residents receive food boxes this holiday season.

Food banks across Michigan are utilizing the Michigan Agriculture Surplus System, a program which allows the Michigan Food Bank Council (MFBC) to purchase products, not being sold to retailers, directly from Michigan farmers for local food banks with 13.6 million pounds of Michigan-grown produce distributed by FBCM in 2022.

"While Michigan's food and agriculture sector drives our local economies, it is also at the heart of communities across our state. Gathering around a kitchen table for a meal with family and friends connects all of us," said Director Boring. "As the holiday season approaches, it's critical that all Michiganders have access to healthy, nutritious, and affordable food. Food banks like the Greater Lansing Food Bank make that possible. Governor Whitmer's bipartisan budget further supports the Michigan Agriculture Surplus with a $10 million investment, which is a win-win for farmers and Michiganders."    

GLFB leads the fight against hunger in a seven-county, 4,000 square-mile service area, ensuring families in need have nutritious food to support their health and well-being, to weather financial stress or unforeseen life events and to learn and grow as community members. GLFB serves the mid-Michigan counties of Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee.

Earlier this month, MDARD launched #GivingMIThanks, a campaign recognizing and expressing thankfulness for our food and agriculture industry in Michigan as we approach the Thanksgiving and holiday season.  

Throughout 2023, MDARD will meet with Michigan's food and agricultural businesses to discuss how they can continue to succeed and how the department can best assist their continuous growth and expansion.