Lansing School District gives out meals before the holidays

FILE – In this June 26, 2020, file photo, volunteers Juanita MacKenzie, front, and Dave Stutman carry boxes of food to a waiting car at a large mobile pantry set up by the Food Bank of the Rockies in the parking lot of Empower Field at Mile High in west Denver. In an effort to keep Colorado residents fed and employed this winter, Colorado’s Legislature is concluding a special session Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, by passing bills offering assistance to restaurants and food pantries struggling to keep their doors open during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

LANSING, Mich. — For the next two weeks, the Lansing School District won’t be passing out food like it regularly does. So today, they did their best to give out the meals they had.

Paden Statler is a principle at the Lansing School District. He said COVID-19 has impacted families in Lansing, and LSD is trying to help as much as they can.

“We know that the winter break is two weeks, and so we really wanna just provide that extra help to our families this season,” Statler said.

Someone who helps the school district with these meals is Carol Jenkins. She picks up food from the district and delivers them personally to families who can’t pick it up themselves.

Jenkins said this year has been hard for a lot of people in her community, and especially for herself.

“It’s been a really rough year for me. I lost my daughter at the beginning of the year. She was only thirty years old,” Jenkins said.

Despite her own hardships, Jenkins still finds time to give out food. She’s turning her grief into a gift for others.

“It’s a mission. It’s something I feel I have to do,” Jenkins said.

The Lansing School District will continue giving out food in the new year.

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