What We Do
There is more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child, yet here in Northeast Louisiana, over 72,000 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 serve over 42,600 people annually.
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 2016 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.
The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana seeks to battle hunger and improve the wellness of our community by securing food and providing it to partner agencies that feed the hungry; fostering public awareness; and managing direct distribution programs.
A hunger-free Northeast Louisiana.
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 4.2 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
- Pam Lavender, President
- Dana Taylor, Vice-President
- Bill Smith, Secretary
- Shawn Hornsby, Treasurer
- Stewart Robinette, The Assembly South
- Ken Dorsey, Thomas & Farr Insurance
- Pam Lavender, Kilpatrick Funeral Home
- Roger Parker, Parker & Company, CPAs
- Dana Taylor, Retired
- Bill Smith, Poly Processing
- Chris Hyde, City of West Monroe
- Shawn Hornsby, First United Methodist Church
- Rosie Brown, Director, Community Action Center
- Brook Sebren, Reeves, Coon, Funderburg
Agency Services Manager
External Communications Officer
SNAP Outreach Coordinator
Assistant Warehouse Manager
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: (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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