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.

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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Your Support Helps Feed Children During the Summer

This year, the Second Harvest Community Kitchen will provide thousands of free, nutritious meals to local children throughout the ten-week summer break. According to Second Harvest’s Community Kitchen Director Gina Melita, dozens of partner organizations will receive freshly prepared, nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks each day during their summer programming, entirely free of charge. “Most...
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Backpack Program Helps At-Risk Children

Covington’s Lyon Elementary is one of many schools participating in the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program.  This program provides extra food every Friday to at-risk children  to help them get through the week. Click below to view our video about how the program works:

Sister Judy and the Heroes Who Fight to End Hunger

Sister Judy Zynda is one of the regular volunteers who make it possible to fulfill our mission. Sister Judy donates her time helping with administrative tasks in our offices, including data entry for our volunteer and financial departments. As a member of the Order of The Adrian Dominican Sisters, Sister Judy has seen firsthand what...
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Helping Families this Holiday: A Success Story

Dear Friends, Thanks to you, our Thanksgiving and #GivingTuesday campaigns were our most successful yet.  So far, you’ve helped us raise enough to supply nearly 2 million meals for hungry families in South Louisiana this holiday season! I just wanted to take a moment to share with you the impact of your generosity. Stacy Mansfield...
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Mobile Pantries Bring Fresh Food to Food Deserts

61-year-old Timothy Cola is one of many veterans in South Louisiana who is struggling to find enough to eat every week.  Thanks to you, he has a place to turn.  Like so many of his generation, Mr. Cola keeps a positive outlook despite his day-to-day troubles.   “I feel like I’m blessed…too blessed to be stressed.”...
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