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.

Serving All Souls, All Year

The All-Souls Community Center is a home away from home for hundreds of at-risk local children, one one of hundreds of community partners we help out across South Louisiana. Director Happy Johnson says the Center’s mission is to provide a sanctuary in a neighborhood still struggling to recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which...
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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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