What We Do
There is more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child, yet here in Northeast Louisiana, over 69,000 people struggle with hunger.* The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana procures, sorts, inventories and provides food to our partner agencies for distribution into their local communities. In addition, the Food Bank operates three programs that directly provides food to those most vulnerable – our children and seniors. Together, as a hunger-relief network we distributed over 5.6 million pounds of food in the 2019 Fiscal Year.
As a member of the Feeding America network of Food Banks, the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is leading the fight against hunger in our community. We are one of five Food Banks in Louisiana and we serve the following 12 parish region: Caldwell; East Carroll; Franklin; Jackson; Lincoln; Madison; Morehouse; Ouachita; Richland; Tensas; Union; and West Carroll.
* Information from the Map the Meal Gap 2018 study by Feeding America.
Reducing Food Waste and Fighting Hunger
In the United States, according to the USDA, twenty-seven percent of all the food produced each year is lost at the retail, consumer, and food service levels. That’s 70 Billion pounds of food a year. Much of what is wasted is perfectly edible, surplus food. The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana understands the importance of capturing excess food and providing it to people in need. Last year, the Feeding America network and our partners diverted over 2 billion pounds of safe, edible food that might otherwise have gone to waste, to Americans facing hunger.
The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana also operates a local Grocery Rescue program. Grocery (or retail) rescue is the collection of food from retailers who are unable to market the product due to minor damage, a code date issue or expired marketing campaign. The Food Bank also partners with growers and manufacturers to rescue good, safe, excess food that would otherwise go to waste and share it with food-insecure families in Northeast Louisiana.
Provide food, hope and dignity to our neighbors who struggle with hunger, and lead the movement to alleviate hunger through education, collaboration and advocacy.
A strong, caring community that ensures no one in Northeast Louisiana goes hungry.
In January 1997, the Food Bank of NELA opened its doors in a small 5,000 square foot warehouse located in the back of what is now the Children’s Museum. With two part-time employees and a volunteer director, 223,000 pounds of food were distributed to 25 member agencies in Northeast Louisiana.
Since that time of humble beginnings, the Food Bank of NELA has moved to a 32,928 square foot warehouse, and distributes more than 5.1 million pounds of food through 60 partner agencies and children and senior programs. A full time staff of 11 is strengthened by hundreds of volunteers, all working towards a common vision of a hunger-free Northeast Louisiana.
In March 1999, the Adopt-A-Senior program was established to serve low-income senior citizens. The program started with 28 seniors in Ouachita Parish and has currently grown to serving over 1,400 seniors throughout Northeast Louisiana.
Board of Directors
- Ken Dorsey, President
- Pam Lavender, Vice President
- Dana Taylor, Secretary
- Chris Hyde, Treasurer
- Rosie Brown
- Roger Parker
- Stewart Robinette
- Hope Anderson
- Bill Blake
- Thomas Proger
- Jay Mitchell
- Brian Varner
- Juanita Woods
- Linda Holyfield
- Marisol O’Neal
LA Association of Food Banks
Join us and help fight hunger in Northeast Louisiana!
Thanks for your interest in joining the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. We do not currently have any job openings, but if you’d like to send us a completed application we will keep it on file for future opportunities.
Please fill out the application (click here to download) completely, and return it along with your resume and cover letter by e-mail to: (email@example.com), by mail to (4600 Central Avenue, Monroe LA 71203), or by fax to: (318-322-1620). You can also drop off your application at the Food Bank’s front desk between 8 am and 3 pm.
The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Tax ID#72-1333809