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.

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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Healthy Communities

You help Second Harvest provide the equivalent of 32 million meals annually to people in need. And we are always looking for ways to deliver healthier options to the families we serve to address the link between hunger and poor health. The “Healthy Communities” program is one way we do this. Thanks to your generosity, Second...
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THANK YOU for helping Seniors in need

Ms. Geraldine Bickham is no stranger to hard work. “I worked my whole life, from the Southdown Sugar Mill, to working in restaurants, and cleaning houses on my hands and knees,” the 79-year-old Houma resident told us. Now, after a lifetime of work, she relies on a limited income from Social Security to get by...
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President’s Message: Hunger in a State of Plenty

A study recently issued by Loyola University New Orleans confirms what our staff and volunteers find to be true every day. Despite Louisiana’s rich food culture and reputation as a “foodie” destination, our state has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the nation – and it is rising faster than any other state. The...
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You’re Helping Cancer Patients Get Better

Recently, Second Harvest opened the first therapeutic food pantry in Louisiana at the New Orleans University Medical Center Cancer Center. Incoming patients in need of healthier food options can access this pantry for high-quality, nutritious food. Gay Carroll is one of those patients, and is very grateful for the support it gives. “It means I...
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Lafayette Dads on a mission to fight childhood hunger

An orthopedic surgeon. A Louisiana Scrap Metal Recycling Sales Manager. A partner in a pool construction and landscaping business. And a Regional Vice President for Acadian Ambulance. What do they have in common? Fighting hunger. Brian Etier, Matt Rongey, Guy Harper and Justin Back are young Lafayette- area dads who are taking action to fight...
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Mr. Carroll thanks you for your support

We hear many stories about working people struggling to pay for groceries, healthcare, and other basic expenses.  Your donations help people like Mr. Kit Carroll know there’s one thing he doesn’t have to worry about – food. Our staff met Mr. Carroll just last month at the Tangi Food Pantry in Hammond.  He is 62...
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Helping Hurricane Florence Survivors

Once again, Second Harvest joined with the local restaurant community to prepare and provide thousands of meals to victims of a natural disaster. Dozens of local restaurant staff joined with Second Harvest volunteers in our 8,500 square-foot Community Kitchen to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Even while the flood waters were still rising in...
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