Steve and Stacy Greborunis of Okemos are invested in helping feed Lansing's homeless and serving community members that are less fortunate and are asking others to join them.

"Many of the homeless don't stay at a shelter, and those that do have to leave in the morning and can't come back until evening. Some of the people we serve have recently acquired housing but are still getting back on their feet," Stacy explained.

Working with Lansing City Outreach, she says there are a variety of items that are needed, including housewares for those that are finding housing.  Feminine and general personal hygiene products are always needed, but there is a need for beds, tables and chairs as well.  But she says a main focus right now is serving a hot breakfast on Saturday mornings.  "It is so cold and there is such a need," she said.  "You will see what the power of a hot, home-cooked breakfast can do to lift spirits and give hope."

Meal Train organizer, Linda Hornberger, said "With the weather getting colder, the City Outreach has graciously offered us the use of their building on Saturday mornings. This fills a great need as many other organizations are not serving meals on the weekends anymore."

The Meal Train page provides a sign-up sheet for persons interested in providing Saturday morning meals for 50 adults.  Already, community members have committed to providing Saturday morning meals through mid-February, but the need is ever-present, and there are sign-up dates available through April.

Hornberger says plates, napkins, cups and utensils are provided, as are milk and juice.  She also says donated cereal is served each week and that donated eggs are available for persons providing meals.  "If you need help cooking with any of the meals please let me know and I will be happy to assist!"

For those willing and able to help prepare a meal, the preferred delivery time is 8:45 on Saturday morning.

Outreach volunteers also provide sack lunches, so items like meat sticks, granola bars and other brown bag-appropriate things are also sought.

Lansing City Outreach is located at 601 N. Larch.  If you want to donate items, you can drop them off.  If you want to prepare a Saturday morning meal, click here for more information.

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