The 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 93 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 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.
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. It is also designed to provide nutrition, health and hygiene education to these children. The ultimate goal is to take at-risk children from childhood to adulthood utilizing their full potential.
The Adopt-A-Senior Program is designed to assist seniors stretch their budgets. Approximately 50 pounds of food per month is given to each sponsored individual.
Member Agencies are located in: Alexandria, Anacoco, Bunkie, Colfax, Deville, Elmer, Elton, Ferriday, Forest Hill, Glenmora, Hessmer, Hineston, Jonesville, Kinder, Libuse, Lecompte, Leesville, Marksville, Natchitoches, Natchez, Oakdale, Pineville and Pitkin. Member agencies are added continuously. Please contact the Food Bank for specific application information or for other ways that you can get involved in your community by sponsoring a senior.
Just knowing the scope of hunger is the first step! There are many ways that you can help...
Make a donation
Donations to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana come in a variety of ways. We accept checks as well as planned gifts. You may also want to remember the Food Bank in your will.
Volunteer in the community
There are many ways to get involved. Volunteers sort and package canned items, serve food at a soup kitchen, help at a pantry, deliver a food box to the home-bound, or lend your professional skills. Call the Food Bank to find out about specific opportunities.
Donate food and grocery products
Donate needed items at community food drives or take the lead and organize your own. Contact the Food Bank at (318) 445-2773 to help you get started.
Support policies to end hunger
Send a letter to the editor of your local paper. Tell your friends, family and coworkers about the issue so they can spread the word. We can end hunger in Central Louisiana and America if we all work together!