The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is one of the Top 200 nationwide finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program. If the Food Bank makes it to the Top 40 most voted causes, we will be awarded a $25,000 grant. The Top 40 winners will be decided based on an online public voting competition taking place from August 15th – August 24th.
We need you to rally behind our cause, cast your vote and help us win one of forty $25k grants!
Here’s how: click here https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2011181 and vote for The Food Bank – you can vote up to 10 times per day!
The Food Bank will use the $25,000 grant to expand our Senior program to provide over 200 additional low income senior citizens with a monthly box of food.
The voting phase is open from 12:00:01am ET on August 15th until August 24th at 11:59:59pm ET, and you can vote up to 10 times per day every day for our cause. Winners will be announced September 25th. Must be 18 to vote.
“We’re asking everyone in the community over the age of 18 to please go online and vote for us every day,” said Jean Toth, Executive Director at the Food Bank. “This grant would be a huge blessing for our community, allowing us to provide many more senior citizens with a monthly food box for a year.”
According to The State of Senior Hunger in America 2018, a joint report from Feeding America and National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Louisiana now has the highest rate of senior food insecurity in the entire country. These individuals who do so much and continue to give back by volunteering their time and through other means deserve to age with dignity and wellness.
The Food Bank currently hosts a Senior Food Box Program, providing low-income seniors, age 60 and up, with nutritious food that they can prepare and consume at home, stretching their budgets by providing them with 25-30 pounds of free groceries once a month. In 2017, 17,220 senior food boxes were distributed to seniors throughout Northeast Louisiana.
Year after year, due to financial restraints, the Food Bank has had to cap the number of senior food boxes served to 1435. A grant of $25,000 would cover the Food Bank’s entire waiting list of 200 seniors plus 50 returning seniors. In total, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program would provide 75,000 critical and nutritious meals to northeast Louisiana seniors.
Seniors in Northeast Louisiana shouldn’t have to choose between nutrition and paying for their medications, housing or utility bills when so much food can be made available to them. The public can vote for the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana up to 10 times daily from August 15th – 24th on the website www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2011181.
Please share this with your colleagues, friends and family to vote and help spread the word. We need the support of our entire community to get the votes it will take to win!