FLINT — On April 19, representatives from Nationwide Insurance, Lake Agency Inc., and Lighthouse Group presented the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan with a generous donation of $10,000. This contribution was made in support of the residents of the City of Flint who continue to deal with lasting effects of lead that contaminated the drinking water.
Cathy Blankenship, the Food Bank’s Development Director, accepted the check from Angie Cutler, Nationwide Insurance Sales Director; Beth Horning, Nationwide Insurance Sales Manager; Cort Niemi, Lighthouse Group Area Director; and John Racine Lake Agency President. The group also toured the Food Bank’s Hunger Solution Center in Flint.
The Food Bank has been collaborating in water relief efforts for Flint since January and has distributed more than 11.5 million pounds, approximately 9.5 million bottles, of water in that time. Now involved in Phase 2, the Food Bank will supply 120 to 150 free, mobile nutrition pantries in Flint which will provide residents with free food rich in the lead-mitigating nutrients calcium, iron and Vitamin C. A schedule of mobile pantries can be found at www.FBEM.org or on the Food Bank’s Facebook page. — G.G.