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.

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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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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