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Christmas Cheer Food Drive Collects 76,526 Pounds of Food

The results of the 2016 KALB-TV Christmas Cheer Food Drive are complete, and 76,526 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected from Avoyelles, Natchitoches and Rapides parish schools.  Sponsored by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and KALB-TV, local schools participated in the drive to help collect food for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Avoyelles parish winners, Marksville High School and Marksville Elementary School, led their parish in donations with Marksville High School collecting 1,055 pounds and Marksville Elementary School collecting 3,517 pounds.  East Natchitoches Elementary (2,219 pounds), Provencal Elementary & Junior High School (1,174 pounds), and Natchitoches Central High School (1,523 pounds) made the honor roll in Natchitoches parish for the most donations.  Rapides parish's leading contributors were Buckeye High School collecting 4,358 pounds, Pineville Junior High School, collecting 6,471 pounds, and Phoenix Magnet Elementary School, collecting 14,340 pounds.  Phoenix Magnet Elementary School also took home top prize for donating the most pounds per student (26.41 pounds per student).

Five thousand dollars in prize money from the Tunica Biloxi Indians will be distributed to these schools for their outstanding effort to help the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. 

Pineville High School Senior Hosting Event to Benefit the Food Bank

Connor Littleton, a senior at Pineville High School, is hosting an estate sale with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, and the public is invited to attend. This fundraiser is part of Littleton's senior project.  The estate sale will be held in Whispering Pines subdivision in Pineville on Saturday, January 28 from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In order for students to graduation from Pineville High School, they are required to complete a Senior Project. The Senior Project incorporates traditional and performance based teaching and strategies that merge with strong basic knowledge and skills requiring real world application. The Senior Project is a challenging, student-driven, teacher-guided culminating program.

The Food Bank has produced a video that illustrates the need our local community has for our services. We visited with some of our member affiliates and talked with a few of their clients. We also have sections on our Adopt-A-Senior program, as well as our Kids Cafe after school program and the Back Pack program.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Learn more about what is happening at The Food Bank of Central Louisiana in the latest issue of the Food for Thought newsletter. Read the Spring 2016 Newsletter here:  FBCL Spring Newsletter 2016.pdf


Did you know? Food Assistance Facts
Requests for food assistance increases Where the Food Goes Your Neighbors Need Your Help
According to the Hunger Study 2010, among programs that existed in 2006, 64% of pantries, 38% of kitchens, and 30% of shelters reported that there had been an increase in the number of clients who come to their emergency food programs sites. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is by far the most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 90% of the food distributed by pantries, 35% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 49% of the food distributed by shelters. Louisiana has one of the highest levels of food insecurity. Research directly links family food hardships to health; learning; and behavioral outcomes in children.
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