Our COVID-19 response so far

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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.  Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans have filed unemployment claims in recent weeks, and many of them are seeking emergency food assistance, often for the first time.

We estimate that the immediate need for food has increased by more than 40%.  We are also facing the reality that our response will go on for months and the economic impacts could last for long after the pandemic subsides.

Second Harvest’s Response

  • We have increased food distribution by more than 1,000,000 pounds per month. We have distributed 30% more food compared to the same period last year, and, in some of the hardest hit areas, more than doubled the amount of food provided to people in need.
  • We are continuing to distribute food through our network of hundreds of local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches, and other nonprofits across our 23-parish service area, many of whom have seen a surge in need from regular clients, as well as those seeking help for the first time.
  • We have ramped up meal production in our Community Kitchen by moving to 24-hour operations and increasing the number of prepared meals from 1,000 per day to 10,000 per day. Hot and frozen meals are delivered daily to seniors and children.
  • We are working with partners to set up drive-through emergency food distributions in high-need areas and to serve people impacted by the pandemic such as service industry and gig workers.
  • We are delivering thousands of emergency food boxes directly to seniors and homebound individuals who are isolated in their homes.
  • Thanks to the National Guard and other partners, Second Harvest has tripled the number of volunteer hours, despite the wide scale cancellation of school and corporate volunteer groups.

Thank You for Your Support

We are tremendously grateful to everyone who has generously provided financial contributions, food donations, and/or volunteer time.  Fighting hunger, especially during the COVID-19 emergency, is a community-wide effort.

Your support is needed more than ever before as we meet this overwhelming need and continue to respond to the everyday disaster of hunger.  Thank you for helping Second Harvest serve our South Louisiana community during this unprecedented time.

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