Food for Thought

An inside look at South Louisiana’s emergency food network. See the direct impact of your donations, follow the stories of our clients, volunteers, and donors, and read about the latest anti-hunger policy debates at the local, state, and federal level.

A very special thank-you note

Following the government shutdown this year, we received this very special note:  Dear Second Harvest, On behalf of the Coast Guard Spouses’ Club of Greater New Orleans, local Coast Guard service members, and their families, I would like to sincerely thank you for your assistance during the recent government shutdown. Our active duty members and...
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Thank you for helping Miss Doris make ends meet

Eighty-six year-old Doris Williams receives groceries from Second Harvest’s mobile pantry truck once a month at Little Zion Baptist Church in New Orleans. “It truly is a blessing, and I thank God and everyone who makes this food possible,” she told us. Since Ms. Williams retired from her job as a telephone operator in 1992,...
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You Make our Disaster Response Possible

Over the years, you have helped Second Harvest respond to more than fifteen natural and man-made disasters across Louisiana and our region. “Being ready to respond to emergencies has been a core part of our mission for more than 30 years,” according to Chief Operations Officer John Dziurgot. “Our staff prepares year-round to respond to...
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Nurturing the Mind, Body, and Soul in Acadiana

Five years ago, True Vine Ministries became a partner of Second Harvest, distributing food and help to the community of Scott, just west of Lafayette. “I saw how the need was for low-income families, and especially for the elderly,” said church pantry Director Judy Francis. By partnering with Second Harvest, Judy and her team created...
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You’re keeping our mobile pantries on the road

Thanks to your support, Second Harvest provides food to hundreds of local community partners like food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and shelters across South Louisiana. But for the many communities that don’t have access to a traditional food pantry, and often not even a grocery store, making ends meet can be a challenge. That’s where...
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Summer volunteers needed at Second Harvest!

Every summer, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Community Kitchen provides thousands of nutritious meals to local children across our 23-parish service area. This vital program is only possible thanks to the our outstanding volunteers! Now, we’re asking for your help to volunteer with us this summer to help provide these vital summer meals. Many of these...
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An incredible gift of love from Mrs. Gayle Benson

Second Harvest Food Bank is honored to announce Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans franchises, has donated $3.5 million to the organization. This donation, made through the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation, is the largest monetary donation to Second Harvest in its 37-year history. “I am honored to be able...
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Summer Feeding public notice

Summer Food Service Program / “Summer Feeding” The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas, or pockets of poverty during the summer months when school is not in session. The SFSP can be sponsored by public or private...
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