LANSING – Proceeds from a successful three-day food drive at the Coffee Jam, a popular Lansing coffee house, were delivered to the Lansing Area AIDS Network to help feed people with HIV and AIDS in 11 mid-Michigan counties on Dec. 20, 2004.
Owners, customers and friends of the Coffee Jam donated 2,500 pounds of food, paper products and personal care items in an effort to help the local AIDS Network stock their pantry shelves for the holiday season. The drive also raised over $200 to help purchase 124 turkeys from the Red Cross Food Distribution Center in Lansing. Members of Mount Hope Church made one of the largest contributions to the food drive effort by delivering over 60 bags of food and several Christmas trees.
The 36-hour marathon food drive was organized by the owners and employees of the Coffee Jam, in an effort to respond to the nutritional needs of those who turn to LAAN for assistance. A 15-foot truck was donated to the cause by Star Truck Sales Inc., which was used to help store and transport the donations to the LAAN food pantry. Volunteers from LAAN and the Coffee Jam assisted in the collection and organizing of donations.