Punks With Lunch Lansing was inspired by Punks With Lunch Oakland. Although co-founders Julia Miller and Martin Mashon were engaging in similar type outreaches individually and with other groups, the platform and structure of Punks With Lunch provided a way to spread encouragement to even more people to get involved in their community. There simply weren't enough outlets locally for non-religious, non-political / anarchist volunteer opportunities. A segment of the community was lacking a group that provided a place they could be empowered in such group volunteering. In November of 2017 the first donation drive was conducted in conjunction with Food Not Bombs Lansing and was a stunning success, bringing in a plethora of winter clothing, food and cash donations. The first outreach event under the name Punks With Lunch Lansing, an impromptu outing, was on Thanksgiving day 2017, with the disbursement of lunches and winter clothing in downtown Lansing. The first official scheduled outing, again in conjunction with Food Not Bombs, took place on December 2nd, 2017, with warm meals, take home sack lunches and warm clothing being distributed to those in need at Reutter Park. The support of several local organizations, both not for profit and for profit, have helped the launch of this dream.
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