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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.

Food Bank Elects New Officers

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana elected new board officers for 2016-2017.

Stan Lott was elected chair of the Food Bank board of directors. He has served on the board for two year.

Additional board officers elected are Jill Kelone, vice chair; Mary Boone Treuting, secretary; and Eric Fletcher, treasurer. 

Other board members include: Todd St. Romain, Kevin Broussard, Brian Couvillon, Wendell Deloach, Theresa Deville, Wanda Hebert, Judy Hempstead, Natasha Melder, Christine Meshell and Joe Williams.

"We are so grateful for these individuals who donate their time and talent to support the Food Bank's hunger relief efforts in Central Louisiana," said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank.

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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