The YMCA of Lansing understands that hunger is a reality for many children and families in the tri-county area. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 Michigan children go to bed hungry every night.
That’s why we’re continuing to build on our community feeding programs that have been in place since 2011. In 2016, we launched the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen. The mobile kitchen is a 54 passenger, handicap accessible bus that was donated by Kellie Dean, president of Dean Transportation. It has been retrofit with a demonstration kitchen which will serve meals to children year-round in partnership with the Lansing School District’s food vendor SodexoMAGIC and the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
The mobile kitchen will also distribute fresh foods and non-perishable items in neighborhoods throughout the tri-county area. The bus also provides education to children, providing valuable hands-on education about preparing seasonal food, reading labels, using accessible and affordable foods and even how to set up and grow food. Trained YMCA staff will oversee the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen and its year-round programming.
Funding partners of the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen include the Walmart Foundation; Dean Transportation; Lansing School District’s food vendor, SodexoMAGIC; Maloney Carpet One Floor & Home; Driven Collision and Skyline Outdoor, who provided the wrapping for the bus.
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