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.

Thanks to you, we can help people like Miss Pearl

Your generous support for Second Harvest is helping thousands of senior citizens make ends meet.  Miss Pearl is just one person who recently shared her story with us.  After working her entire life, she said it’s difficult to need help from a food pantry, but she feels fortunate to live in a community where neighbors...
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Your gift is saving lives

We met Leon (left) and Joe (right) at the New Orleans Mission on Christmas morning. The Mission is one of the hundreds of shelters, pantries, and soup kitchens across South Louisiana supported by Second Harvest. “I’ve been clean for seven months now,” Leon said.  “This food is a blessing. It’s so much easier to stay...
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You’re helping kids grow up strong

Feeding hungry children is a cornerstone of our mission at Second Harvest. And our after-school Kids Cafe program is an important way your support helps at-risk children. Every week during the school year, Second Harvest volunteers and drivers prepare, package, and deliver thousands of hot meals and snacks to children across our 23-parish service area....
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Donor Spotlight: How to Make a Lasting Impact

Charitable bequests make an enormous difference to an organization like Second Harvest Food Bank. Cecelia Medley was a compassionate member of our New Orleans community. Throughout her life, she was involved with her church, volunteered as a pharmacist with the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, and was a long-time donor to Second Harvest. She...
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Second Harvest: We Do All That!

A message from Second Harvest President & CEO Natalie Jayroe:  When people think of Second Harvest, many people think of the countless boxes of donated food that we provide to soup kitchens, pantries, schools and shelters across the state. Indeed, in the last year, our staff and volunteers provided 34 million meals to these vital...
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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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