KALB-TV NBC/CBS2, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, and the Tunica Biloxi Indians of Louisiana is teaming up with local schools for the annual Christmas Cheer food drive to benefit needy families in Central Louisiana. Schools in Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, and Vernon parishes are collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate for the drive. This is the first year for the schools in Grant and Vernon parishes to participate in the Christmas Cheer Food Drive.
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana will pick up the food from participating schools and hold a “weigh-in” to determine which schools collected the most food. The food pick up dates are scheduled for December 5 in Grant parish, December 6 in Avoyelles parish, December 7 in Natchitoches parish, December 8 in Rapides parish, and December 12 in Vernon parish.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, in association with KALB-TV NBC/CBS2, will present a $500 cash prize to the school collecting the most food at the elementary, junior high, and high school level in Natchitoches parish. The school collecting the most food per capita for all three parishes will win an additional $500 prize.
The 2016 campaign produced 75,162 pounds of food to help needy families in Central Louisiana.
“We are grateful for the partnership we have with KALB-TV and the Tunica Biloxi Indians, and for the hard work of the students, teachers, and administration of the local schools on behalf of needy families here in central Louisiana,” said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.