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.

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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Our COVID-19 response so far

HOW YOU CAN HELP and GET HELP: Click here for info about all the ways you can help our response, including monetary donations. The Need Thousands of our neighbors are food insecure, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic and extended school and business shutdowns, the need is overwhelming and increasing to levels we have rarely seen before. ...
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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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