Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady to volunteer at local Food Bank to Fight Hunger
In an effort to raise awareness of childhood hunger in Louisiana and how Food Banks are working to address the need locally, Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards will join Food Bank leaders and volunteers to pack backpacks of food for children in need as part of Walmart’s Fight Hunger Spark Change initiative.
The packing of food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s BackPack program is designed to help fill the void for children who are at risk of missing meals over the weekend and during holidays when they are not in school and, as a result, are not receiving free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program.
This volunteer effort and discussion to raise awareness also comes at a critical time heading into the summer as children will not be in school, thus raising the need for food banks to reach them on the front lines through its member agencies who see the need on a daily basis.
“We are very thankful for the commitment of the Governor, First Lady and Walmart for shining the light on this critical need and taking an active part in helping us fight childhood hunger,” said Mike Manning, CEO & President of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. “Every child we can reach with a meal when they would otherwise go without is core to our mission and to who we are as an organization. We know we can do so much more for our community when we are able to partner with others.”
“Our staff and volunteers are so honored by the support of the Governor, First Lady, and Walmart,” said Natalie Jayroe, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
“Public-private partnerships between charities like ours and the State of Louisiana are vital to the health of those most at risk, and Walmart’s direct support provides more than twenty percent of our overall food donations each year.”
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank collects and distributes food to over 115 member agencies across an 11-parish service area and also has multiple community outreach, direct-distribution programs aimed to assist seniors, children, and low-income families in rural areas. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans provides food and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes.
Contributed by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank