What Is A
Food Pantry?


A food pantry is a distribution center where hungry families can receive food. Supplied with food from a food bank, pantries feed hundreds of people per week! Because every community is different, there are many different types of pantries. The Lansing Area AIDS Network is proud to be one of the few HIV-centered organizations in the country that is able to maintain and run its own on-site food pantry to better accommodate the clients it serves.  Our pantry is supplied primarily by the Greater Lansing Food Bank and supplemented through purchases from Sam’s Club, Aldi’s, and other local grocers.  LAAN is able to supply quality food while meeting USDA and FDA distribution guidelines.  

The LAAN food pantry is dedicated to ensuring that the difficulties of HIV do not negatively impact the ability of persons living with the disease to access healthy and fresh foods. As such, access to the on-site food pantry is limited to those who qualify for Ryan White Part B assistance and are receiving services at the agency or one of our community partners.  To access food services through the LAAN Food Pantry, please talk to your case manager today. 

How Do I Access
Food Services?


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, and American Sign Language) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at

(202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY)

or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

 

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online BY CLICKING HERE or from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

 

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

or Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442;

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. This is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. Contact us today to learn about how we can help you!

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