Time for schools to prepare for the Christmas Cheer Food Drive Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides and Vernon Parish students help neighbors in need

October 11, 2018

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is asking local schools to participate in the Christmas Cheer food drive by collecting non-perishable food items for those in need across central Louisiana.


Last year, Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, and Vernon parish schools collected 110,435 pounds of food to help needy families in our community.  The food collected is distributed through the Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s member agencies in the parish it was collected.   


The pick-up schedule for this year’s Christmas Cheer food drive is as follows:


Monday, December 10 – Grant parish

Tuesday, December 11 – Vernon parish

Wednesday, December 12 – Natchitoches parish

Thursday, December 13 – Avoyelles parish

Friday, December 14 – Rapides parish


The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, in association with KALB-TV, will present a $500 cash prize to the school collecting the most food at the elementary, junior high, and high school level in each participating parish.  The school collecting the most food per capita for all five parishes will win an additional $500 prize.    


The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana. The Food Bank distributes food and grocery products to needy families through a network of approved charitable agencies in the following eleven parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn.


School administrators and teachers can contact the Food Bank of Central Louisiana with any questions at 318-445-2773 or lhutson@fbcenla.org.





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