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.

Thousands of volunteers make our mission possible

Every month, thousands of volunteers make our mission to fight hunger possible. Among those is Pat Caperino, or “Miss Pat” as she’s known around our offices and warehouse. “I started with Second Harvest six years ago, and have enjoyed every minute of it,” Miss Pat says. “I’m a retired legal secretary, and I knew I...
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What happens next with my food donation?

We’re extremely grateful for the countless donations of food we receive every month at Second Harvest Food Bank. But what happens after you drop off your donation? Here’s what happens: Weighed – Every day, we weigh all donations to ensure proper oversight of each and every item. Though we receive millions of pounds of donations...
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School Pantries Bringing Food to Families in Need

Second Harvest Food Bank celebrated the grand opening of the School Pantry program at Paul Breaux Middle School in Lafayette. The program is an innovative way to bring food pantry resources into the school setting. Each School Pantry site hosts after-school food distributions at times convenient for working parents. The distribution provides families with both...
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Helping Acadiana families in need through schools

(Courtesy Acadiana families in need now have a place to shop for nutritious food for their tables as part of a new food pantry program offered by Second Harvest — their child’s neighborhood school. The program is an extension of Second Harvest’s Backpack Program, which sends children home with snacks and quick-fix meal options for...
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The Roots of Music and the roots of hunger

Every week, more than 120 New Orleans students spend their hours after school at The Roots of Music, one many local non-profit after-school programs that give children a safe and secure place to go after  the school day ends. And every day, each of those children receives a free meal provided by Second  Harvest Food...
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After Katrina, your donations made the difference

It was one of the worst disasters in American history: Hundreds of thousands of homes flooded, more than 1,800 dead, and millions of lives disrupted. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, many areas of New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana have bounced back stronger than ever. However, in other neighborhoods, hunger is a problem yet to be...
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Bringing healthy living to those in need

Second Harvest Food Bank has recently hosted health fairs in Orleans, Jefferson and Terrebonne Parishes. These events brought food, medical screenings, and healthy living services to hundreds of local residents. “It’s an amazing opportunity to reach out beyond our four walls and meet more of the people in our communities who struggle with hunger,” said Second Harvest Client Services...
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Kid’s Cafe: After-School Meals For Kids In Need

Every day, thousands of South Louisiana students head straight from school to after-school programs. Many of the most at-risk students receive a hot meal while there, thanks to the Second Harvest “Kids Cafe” program. Ariska Everett is the Director of the Sojourner Truth Community Center, one of the after-school locations participating in this nutrition program. Her...
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