What We Do

We are the largest anti-hunger network in South Louisiana.  Our mission is to end hunger by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response.  Join us.

Food Sourcing

Collecting 25 million pounds of food each year to meet the needs of the 23 parishes we serve is no small task. To meet this need, our dedicated food sourcing team works each day with local, regional and national donors to identify and source products that are critical to the people we serve. Safety, efficiency and nutrition are our top priorities and each donation is vetted to ensure it meets our guidelines. The collective efforts of organizations and individuals who host hundreds of food drives each year, the grocery stores that greet our drivers with product they choose to donate instead of dispose, and our food industry partners that generously contribute their surplus inventory make what we do possible. With creativity and teamwork plus the enthusiasm of donors big and small, the food sourcing team at Second Harvest Food Bank is constantly seeking out new ways to bring more food into our service network.

Emergency Distribution

Second Harvest is the largest anti-hunger network in South Louisiana, with distribution centers located in New Orleans and Lafayette, and more than 400 partner agencies and programs that provide direct food access.  Non-profit and faith-based food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other partner organizations located in neighborhoods throughout South Louisiana depend on Second Harvest to supply food and grocery products year round.  And our mobile pantries deliver fresh produce and other food staples directly into urban and rural food deserts.

Community Kitchen Meals

At 8,500 square feet, our commercial-grade Community Kitchen is among the largest production kitchens in the region. The Community Kitchen produces nutritious meals for our Summer Feeding program, Kid’s Cafe, and Senior Cafe, as well as providing cooking and nutrition education for community members.

Advocacy and Education

We know that emergency food assistance is only a temporary solution to hunger. That’s why we also provide access to additional public and private resources for community members struggling to achieve economic stability. Our Community Advocacy team provides one-on-one case management, both in person and over the phone, to thousands of individuals and families across South Louisiana. Our team is trained to help our customers access resources that will help them move along the path toward self-sufficiency, until they no longer need to rely on a food pantry or SNAP benefits to put food on the table.

Our Progress

263,000

individuals served annually

22.9 million

meals provided each year

474

partner agencies and programs

Our Community

People of South Louisiana


You Helped Pam Get the Right Kind of Food When She Needed it Most

Sixty six-year-old Pam Z. of Lafayette, like most Louisianans, never thought she would need to go to a local food pantry. But when she did, your generous contributions made it possible for her to get immediate help.

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Thank You For Feeding Ms. Gunner’s Kids – All 130 of Them!

During the summer, the lights come on a little earlier at Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers and staff arrive well before dawn to prepare meals for the Child Summer Feeding Program, a massive operation that provides much-needed nutrition to at-risk children while they are out of school.

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Make a Gift

A $10 donation helps provide 30 meals to families and individuals in need in South Louisiana. Whether online, by mail, or in person, your tax-deductible gift goes to work immediately to help solve hunger in our community.

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Take Action

Share your story, contact your elected officials, and help us advocate for systemic changes that put food on the table for those in need.

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Volunteer

Volunteers sort and pack food boxes, prepare hot meals for children and seniors, provide enrollment support for public assistance programs, assist with nutrition education classes, and help implement fundraising events.

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