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La. Food Bank Association rallies at the State Capitol

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Thursday, April 25, the Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) will recognize Louisiana Food Bank Day by holding a rally at the State Capitol. Around 1 p.m., each member of the association will gather along with scores of faith-based and nonprofit organizations from across the state to lobby on behalf of an amendment to House Bill 1 to provide $5 million to the association. The money will be used to purchase food from Louisiana farmers, fishermen, manufacturers and vendors for the hundreds of thousands of men and women, children and seniors in Louisiana who live with food insecurity.

WHAT: Louisiana Food Bank Day Rally at the Capitol

WHEN: Thursday, April 25 around 1 p.m.; Displays and presentations in Capitol lobby beginning at 10 a.m.

WHERE: State Capitol Building Steps

Baton Rouge, LA

WHY: The rally at the Capitol in Baton Rouge will be held to focus on the needs of Louisiana's hungry. With food banks' shelves being depleted and the need for food increasing as the sequester cuts women and children from many federal programs, even as many face long term unemployment, the LFBA is asking for $5 million to purchase and distribute food to people facing food insecurity across Louisiana. Each year, food banks feed 609,000 individuals, often supplying them with emergency food boxes when their food resources have run out. Food banks distribute over 50 million pounds of food each year, but the need is greater than that.

Beginning at 10 a.m., outside of the House of Representatives Chamber, members and affiliates of the LFBA will be on-hand to answer questions and present information to the public on the hunger crisis and the LFBA's efforts to feed Louisiana citizens.

Speakers: Administrative and Legislative branch representatives, business leaders, community organizations, and food bank CEOs.

For whom: Louisiana Food Bank Association:

  • The Food Bank of Central Louisiana
  • Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater