Three food drives scheduled for April in Lansing

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Two community-focused organizations will host food drives on three of next four Saturdays in Lansing

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 31, 2021) – Many food drives and charitable events have occurred in Lansing during the pandemic. As the calendar turns to April, three more food drives are planned for local residents in need.

April 3 – We Are Lansing

The non-profit We Are Lansing will host its seventh food drive since its first in August of last year. Unlike previous food drives, however, Saturday’s will be hosted at the Serbian Social Center, located at 18550 Stony Island Avenue in Lansing.

A flyer for the event says that over 1,000 boxes will be available for donation during the event, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., or whenever the food is gone. The food boxes will include dairy products, poultry, fruit, vegetables, and other items.

The event is open to anyone in need.

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The Serbian Social Center is located at 18550 Stony Island Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

April 10 & 24 – Mt. Zion UFL Ministries

Partnering with the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program, Mt. Zion UFL Ministries in Lansing will host two food drives at 2340 177th Street — the first on Saturday, April 10 and the second on Saturday, April 24.

According to Mt. Zion church secretary Betty Burley, 1,300 boxes of food — containing produce, meat, dairy, and other products — will be available on each day. The drive-thru event starts at 2 p.m. on both days and lasts until 4 p.m., or until the food is gone.

“We are always looking to be a blessing to the hungry, homeless, and those in need. Many, because of the pandemic, are in need of help. Even though we have a 24-hour pantry, we are always looking to heighten our horizon to do more,” said Mt. Zion pastor J. Raphael Leon.

Mt. Zion recently upgraded its micro pantry to include refrigerated items and other necessities.

The food drive is focused on helping Lansing residents, but all are welcome and no ID will be required.

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Pastor J. Raphael Leon (left) and Betty Burley at a coat drive hosted at Mt. Zion UFL Ministries in October, 2020. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

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