National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Giving to those in need

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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 10-18 and is the perfect time to give to those who are struggling. At ing Magazine we want to prevent people from experiencing hunger and homelessness not only during this week but all the time. Here are some ways to help out:

York Project

This Detroit-based one-for-one clothing company was founded by Josh York, an alumnus of Michigan State University. He originally started selling beanies but realized homeless people can come across those fairly easily compared to other items. The company now sells a variety of stylish clothing, and for every purchase made, the company sends a donation kit to someone who is homeless. If you don’t see anything that you like, you can choose to purchase a donation kit for only $6. You can also join the company for a donation event on Nov. 17 in Detroit. Check out the company’s website to learn more about what you can do to help at yorkproject.com. 

City Rescue Mission in Lansing 

City Rescue Mission is at 607 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing and is an emergency homeless shelter for men, women and children. It is an independent Christian organization. The shelter serves meals every day, contributing about 100,000 meals a year to those in need. They also provide showers, clothing, vouchers and hygiene items. You can donate items to the Lansing location between 7-11 a.m. and 1-7 p.m. You can also volunteer to help provide food and shelter. For more information on the rescue mission, you can visit their website at bearescuer.com. 

Punks With Lunch 

Started a year ago, the Lansing chapter of Punks with Lunch is run entirely by volunteers and local donors provide everything they supply. The sack lunches they hand out consists of a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a snack and a beverage. Every Saturday, Punks with Lunch gets together at the Street Kitchen restaurant to pack more than 100 lunches and sort out nonfood donations. From there they head to downtown Lansing to distribute lunches in Reutter Park. You can volunteer by showing up to their scheduled outreach dates, always held at 10 a.m. To learn more about volunteer dates and what you can do to help, check out their Facebook page, @PunksWithLunchLansing. 

The options listed above are just a few local things that you can do to give to those in need. By doing so you will be helping the hungry and homeless community take a step toward a better life.