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Louisiana Food Bank Association 
543 Spanish Town Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 308-2038

David Coffman click to email
Executive Director
(225) 308-2038

Board of Directors
Natalie Jayroe Click to email
President
(504) 729-2825

Martha Marak Click to email
VicePresident/
Treasurer
(318) 675-2400

Richard King Click to email
Secretary
(318) 322-3567

Mike Manning Click to email
(225) 359-9940

Jayne Wright-Velez Click to email
(318) 445-2773

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana
Click to visit the Food Bank of Central LouisianaThe Food Bank of Central Louisiana is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana. We distribute food and grocery products to needy families through a network of approved charitable agencies in eleven parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn.To be eligible for food items, one must fall within the poverty levels set by the federal government. Food is channeled through more than 104 member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other nonprofit organizations.

The Food Bank distributes more than 5.7 million pounds of food to Central Louisiana each year. This is estimated to serve more than 22,400 needy people per month.The four signature programs of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana are the BackPack Program, Kids Café, The Good Food Project, and the Adopt-A-Senior program.

The Food Bank’s Backpack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. The backpacks are filled with nutritious, easy-to-open food that does not require stove-top cooking. Since the food is distributed in backpacks, the children can discretely take the food home without being ridiculed or teased by other students. The children return the empty backpacks on Monday to have it refilled and redistributed for the next weekend. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana currently provides more than 1,230 backpacks each week through 26 schools.

Kids Cafe is a program designed to have a hand in fashioning America’s future by providing nourishment to needy children in a safe, accessible environment. The Kids Cafe program provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of locations where children congregate such as Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, and community recreation centers. In addition to providing hot meals to hungry kids, the program also provides school tutoring and education about good nutrition, food safety, and cooking. The ultimate goal is to take at-risk children from childhood to adulthood utilizing their full potential. The Food Bank currently provides a Kids Cafe program in Natchitoches, Pineville, and Winnfield.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Adopt-A-Senior program was designed to help supplement impoverished seniors nutritional needs so that they are not faced with the difficult decision of choosing between medicine, rent and food. Seniors in the program receive 50 pounds of food per month for a year. A $150 donation to the program will sponsor a senior in our community for one year.

The Good Food Project garden sits on a one-quarter site next to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Produce from the model garden is picked regularly to supplement the diets of Food Bank clients with fresh, nutritious vegetables. One of the goals of the Good Food Project is to educate Food Bank clients and the general public about sustainable garden practices in a way that encourages individuals and groups to grow their own healthy food and experience the lifelong pleasures of gardening.

Every dollar, every can of food, is one more step towards ending hunger in our community. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of those whose donations make our work possible every single day.

http://www.fbcenla.org

 

 
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