The Food Bank of Central Louisiana Responds to Flooding Disaster in South Louisiana
In the days since the devastating floods across south Louisiana, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana has distributed more than 40,000 pounds of food and emergency supplies to storm victims via emergency food pantries and soup kitchens in the rural parishes adjacent to its traditional service areas. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana has also helped coordinate delivery of donated water and food supplies to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, which was impacted by the flooding.
"During this time of crisis for our neighbors in south Louisiana and our sister food bank, our team is assisting by serving food distribution sites in communities that have experienced flooding, but have not been able to access the food bank in their region of the state. Food banks work together as a team. Our role in this disaster is to support the operations in the southern part of the state," said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
The Food Bank has also served families that have been evacuated to central Louisiana from the parishes impacted by the disaster with food supplies. In addition, the Food Bank is serving as staging area for the relief efforts of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Several groups are collecting bottled water and other food supplies and delivering them to the Food Bank's Baldwin Avenue location. The supplies will be delivered to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as needed.
"Disaster response has been a core part of our mission for 26 years, and we are dedicated to helping as many people as possible in the days and weeks to come," said Wright-Velez.
In emergency situations like this, monetary donations are the best, most effective way to help underwrite the Food Bank's costs of procuring and delivering thousands of pounds of food and disaster supplies. We appreciate those who donated food and funds to support our disaster relief efforts.
In any type of crises, food banks play a vital role in supplying disaster aid. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is part of a proven plan of action with Feeding America food banks that is ready to take action quickly and efficiently.