Samantha fights to make sure her family has what it needs. She works eight to 12 hours a day at a restaurant near her home in Bastrop, Louisiana to support her 5-year-old, 4-year-old and 10-month-old.[Read more…]
We met 68 year old Brenda at a food distribution at one of our Community Partners in Farmerville. In 2009, Brenda got into a car accident and had to have spinal surgery. Since then, she’s been disabled and has been using her retirement savings to pay medical bills.
“I worked all my life,” she said. “I never thought I’d be in poverty.”
But because of the accident, that’s exactly where she finds herself. She gets about $15 per month in SNAP benefits, but that’s not nearly enough to help her make ends meet each month. So she visits a food pantry in Farmerville.
“Some of what I get here I can’t buy. I get a lot of food that I really need that I wouldn’t be able to afford,” she said.
Because of the food she gets from the pantry, which works with the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, a member of the Feeding America network, she doesn’t have to make difficult decisions between food and her medication.
“I have about 10 medications I’m on because of my back injury,” she said. “When I run out, I wonder if I’m going to have enough money to just pay for those let alone for food.”
While Brenda continues to deal with the repercussions of her injury, she knows she will have enough to eat. And that’s because of the Food Bank.
“Without the food bank and the pantry, I’d be going hungry.”
Many of us are just one accident or life event away from needing help, and thanks to the support of our community, the Food Bank is able to be there for those going through difficult times.
Thank you for helping to provide food to our neighbors like Brenda! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Need help with food? Click here to find the food pantry closest to you, or call us at 318-322-3567.
74 year old James is a colon cancer survivor. But he says he wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for the food pantry he visits in Farmville, Louisiana.
“The food was much needed during the chemo,” he said.
The pantry receives food from the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, a member of the Feeding America network. James has to drive 45 minutes to the pantry, but it’s worth it, he says. Without the healthy food he received, his road to recovery might’ve been much bumpier.
“I would probably be spending all my money on food without this,” he said.
Your donations make it possible to provide food to people like James. Please click here to give today.
Sherman is a people person, and he doesn’t even need to say anything to make that obvious. His big, warm smile is magnetic. His laugh is infectious. So, it’s no surprise that Sherman is a retired school bus driver.
But despite a career dedicated to being an important part of kids’ lives, Sherman has had trouble affording an important part of his life: food. That’s because his low fixed income often isn’t enough for him and his wife to afford the food they need. And on top of that, the couple lives 13 miles from the nearest town, so it’s not easy for them to get food.
To help make ends meet, they visit one of the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana’s food pantries in Farmerville.
“We’d be hungry if it wasn’t for this food,” Sherman said. “We appreciate it very much.”
Your generous donations make it possible to provide food to people like Sherman. Click here to make a gift today. Every $10 helps us provide 55 meals!
It happens all the time across Northeast Louisiana. A working family is scraping by, barely making ends meet, and disaster strikes. Maybe it’s a sudden medical emergency. Maybe the family car finally gives out. Whatever the reason … when faced with an urgent need, a low-income family living paycheck to paycheck often has no money left for food.
But you can help these families in crisis.
With a gift today to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, you can put food in the hands of those who need it most.
Right now, a startling 69,020 of our neighbors are at risk of hunger. Among them are working-poor families, seniors, and 21,760 children. And the number of people needing assistance continues to grow — meaning your support is more critical than ever.
Through your kindness, we can provide healthy, nourishing food to families in crisis. We can offer them energy and strength until they get back on their feet. Your support will mean so much to struggling neighbors in Northeast Louisiana.
September is Hunger Action Month. Take action to put food in the hands of those who need it most.