Baton Rouge, LA, March 21, 2016 – The historic March Floods have again called upon Louisiana’s food banks to provide much needed help to communities and families recovering from disaster. For more than 10 years Louisianans have turned to food banks for support in disasters ranging from Hurricanes to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Louisiana’s Food Banks have stepped up to the challenge each time and the most recent flooding is no exception.
Food banks across the state are working tirelessly to get and distribute resources to communities in need. Louisiana’s food banks are a critical partner as communities rebuild. Many families affected by the March Floods will turn to food banks for help. Louisiana’s Food Banks support local organizations to provide food and hope to families impacted by the floods.
Louisiana’s food banks have been:
- Distributing items such as water, snacks and disaster relief packs,
- Working with national partners to secure additional food, water, and cleaning supplies,
- Planning outreach with partner agencies on the front lines of response in the affected communities,
- Communicating with the state and parish leaders and emergency management officials to create awareness about Food Bank partner agencies who will assist with the food bank’s emergency response efforts, and
- Deploying Mobile Food Pantries, where available, to supplement the work of partner agencies in affected communities in need of assistance
Louisiana’s food banks partner with more than 900 community and faith-based organizations to distribute more than 50 million pounds of food throughout Louisiana. In times of disaster, Louisiana’s food banks work with new and existing partners to distribute food, cleaning supplies, and other essential items to families hit by disaster.
“Any time there is a disaster, whether local or statewide, Louisiana’s food banks and their partners are there to respond,” according to David Coffman, Executive Director of the Louisiana Food Bank Association. “Food banks do need the help and support of the community through monetary donations, “said Coffman. “Cash donations help food banks leverage their purchasing power, support local economics, and give food banks the flexibility and quick response to changing community needs.”
Louisiana’s food banks need community support to continue their mission to fight hunger you can find your local food bank and donate by visiting www.lafba.org/DisasterResponse