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LAAN is teaming up with Coffee Jam and the Lansing Association of Human Rights to hold their first annual collaborative food drive, which will be held at the coffee house at 6427 Centurion Drive in Lansing Dec. 17-19. All food collected will be taken to the LAAN pantry on Dec. 20 for holiday distribution to LAAN clients on Dec. 21.
A fifteen-foot long donation truck will be in the coffee house’s parking lot 24 hours a day for the duration of the food drive. People bringing a food donation will receive free “upgrades” on their coffee orders; the coffee house will also be open around the clock during the food drive.
LAAN provides free direct care services to people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as prevention services including free anonymous HIV testing and educational programs. LAAN’s programs include a food pantry, transportation services, buddy support, support groups, case management services and social activities for people in the community who are living with HIV/AIDS. All services are free of charge and supported through community donations and tax dollars.
“This is the premier of a big event,” said Mary Boudreaux, LAAN Client Services Coordinator.
Boudreaux stressed the need for the event. “With the budget cuts and an increase in our coverage area, we’re going through food like crazy,” she said.
For more information, call the Coffee Jam coffee house at 517-327-1111 or the Lansing Area AIDS Network at 517-394-3560.