In 2017, the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana distributed over 5 million pounds of food to people in need. This would not be possible without the partnership of more than 60 nonprofit organizations that operate food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs all over the 12 Parish region we serve. We recently visited one of those community partners to help with their pantry distribution. First SDA Tallulah is located in Madison Parish, which has the second highest rate of food insecurity in Northeast Louisiana. About 28% of the population in Madison Parish is facing hunger, and agencies like First SDA Tallulah work tirelessly to meet the need. Their monthly food distribution serves around 200 households, giving much needed food to children, families and seniors.
Coordinator Sheila Love has been feeding people there for 8 years, and her dedication to this work is truly inspiring. Sheila loves to quote Paul Shane Spear: “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person”. When First SDA started the food program in Tallulah, they were giving out less than 50 bags a month. They saw a great need in the community and started doing more. “I give God all the praise for equipping our church with wonderful people that are willing to give their time, effort and sweat to help us every month,” Sheila said, “It’s not easy at all but I’m thankful to be able to serve others unselfishly.” Although there were lots of helping hands when we visited, they’re always in need of more volunteers. Please contact the Food Bank if you’d like to get involved.
As we handed out extra potatoes, eggs and rice, we got to see lots of smiling faces. Some were young, some old. Some strong, some fragile. But most of all we saw neighbors who needed a little help. And we were able to give, because you did. Our team left tired and sweaty, with hearts full of gratitude. So many of the people we saw expressed their thanks for the Food Bank, and we want to pass that on. Thank you to all who donate money, time and food to help our neighbors in need.