BENEFITING: NORTHWEST LANSING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
Our volunteers are awesome but they're not superheroes (that we're aware of...). Without them, we would not be able to do our weekly food distribution, ensuring individuals in low income neighborhoods access to healthy food. Help us, help them, so they can help others!
That's great and all but who are you and why should I give you money?
NorthWest Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000, works to improve the overall health of the residents living in the north and west sides of Lansing. In 2011, we began to expand on our food distribution program that provided free bread to those in need every Thursday. Instead of only providing bread (donated by the very generous and delicious Panera Bread company) every Thursday, we were able to add produce to the selection (shout out to the Greater Lansing Food Bank!) on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. At NorthWest Initiative we have a wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers, some who have been with us for several years, who donate both their valuable time and money toward the effort to provide equitable access to healthy foods.
NorthWest Initiative now finds itself in a situation wherein we cannot provide the monetary support to our volunteers (we are, after all, nonprofit, which is latin for the makers of zero money...or something). Every Thursday there is a volunteer who drives their own personal vehicle to either the food bank or Panera bread to pick up the distribution food.
It may seem like a small task but it has great impact. Without the volunteers and the transportation they provide, NorthWest Initiative would not be able to provide food those in our community who need it. During the 2011/2013 year, our food distribution provided food for a total of 6,284 people. That's pretty awesome.
For more information on NorthWest Initiative and the various exciting programs we provide, visit us on our website, www.nwlansing.org!