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.

Nearly a year ago, Second Harvest began responding

“This food is a blessing, a blessing from above.” Nearly a year ago, Second Harvest began responding to the alarming increase in food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen a record number of first-time visitors at pantries and food distributions and we expect this to continue in 2021 and until our economy...
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Meet some of our frontline heroes

Second Harvest staff, along with dozens of National Guard members and thousands of volunteers, have been putting in heroic efforts to meet the unprecedented need this year. We would like to share some words from just a few of the individuals who are putting your donations into action. Deon Lee, Driver: “I’m humbled and thankful...
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Support from Starbucks making mobile pantries possible

Nearly 22 million children rely on free or reduced-price school meals in the United States. During the summer months, millions lose access to these meals. Unfortunately, millions across the country –including thousands in South Louisiana also face unemployment and a summer they never expected. Food banks like ours that are part of the FeedingAmerica network...
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Hometown Heroes: The National Guard Comes Through

From the very outset of Second Harvest’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, the support of the Louisiana National Guard has been essential. Second Harvest Communications Director, Jay Vise, says the response by the guard was near-immediate. “After we made the request, twenty Guard members were in our Jefferson Parish facility within 24 hours,” he said....
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One Community, One Kitchen

In normal times, Second Harvest prepares hundreds of meals a day in our 6,500 square-foot Community Kitchen for after-school and summer feeding programs.  These programs help at-risk children get the key nutrition they need every day. When schools abruptly closed and thousands of families and seniors suddenly found themselves homebound, our kitchen staff and volunteers...
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Miss Elaine thanks you for your support

Since the emergency lockdown of our communities began in March, hundreds of thousands of our South Louisiana neighbors suddenly found themselves in need of food assistance, often for the very first time. Miss Elaine is 66 and lives in Metairie. We met Miss Elaine at one of the hundreds of emergency food distributions our staff...
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