Low-Income Families Can Grow Produce at Lansing Food Bank

Apr 19, 2017

The Greater Lansing Food Bank has opened a resource aimed at helping low-income families learn how to grow their own produce.  


The Garden Resource Center opened its doors to the Lansing community as part of an effort from the Greater Lansing food bank to provide local residents with more ways to add fresh produce into their diets.

The first things you’ll notice when you walk into the center is the wide assortment of seed packets lining the walls.

But communications coordinator Justin Rumenapp said the resource center is more than a place to get seeds.

“This is a way that we can provide tools, seeds, expertise in the terms of training classes," said Rumenapp. "And some of our volunteers have expertise that they’re sharing and today’s the first day. We’re excited to get out and get in the fields.”

Along with providing residents with more produce, Rumenapp explained that the mostly volunteer driven effort is also a way to give people who may be facing hardship a common goal to improve their community.

“It builds some of the self-efficacy if you’re trying to work yourself out of this or that situation," said Rumenapp. "It really helps people build pride in their community just all around. So it’s just another way that Greater Lansing Food bank is showing its commitment to ending hunger and providing fresh food.”

Although the aim of the Garden Resource Center is assisting low-income families, Rumenapp said anyone is welcome.

The Garden Resource Center is located at 2401 Marcus in Street in Lansing. 

Regular Hours Beginning Wednesday, April 19:
All Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00 p.m.
All Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Regular Hours Beginning Tuesday, May 23:
All Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
All Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00 p.m.
All Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.