Sharon started going to our Community Partner Grace Place for meals when she was going through radiation last summer. She says being able to get healthy food and crackers have helped her while she’s been sick. In addition to the meal program, this Community Partner also has a food pantry, offering groceries from the Food Bank to their clients. About 150 families receive grocery assistance there every month, which includes pantry staples, meat, dairy, and fresh produce. Sharon continues to come for the grocery distribution and hot meals, and especially loves the BBQ chicken. “This is an excellent place,” said Sharon, “they have helped me a lot.”
Franklin Parish has a population of just over 20,000, and 21% of the people there are food insecure. Thankfully, Food Bank partner agency Fresh Start Ministries is there to provide food and other support to those in need.
Situated just off Highway 425 in Winnsboro at River of Life Church, the Fresh Start food pantry has been feeding people since 2000. [Read more…]
As many families were busy preparing for the holidays, 34 year old Anntionette was trying to find some extra help for her family of seven after a fire destroyed their belongings and left them staying with relatives.
“My parents and grandmother help with the kids while I’m at work,” said Anntionette. “The kids eat a lot!”
Anntionette was already struggling to make ends meet on her income as a home health care worker. She has been going to the Food Bank partner agency Ray of Hope to help feed her growing children, but the fire has added extra expenses to her already thin-stretched budget. Not having to worry about food for her kids is a big relief.
“I really appreciate this program. It’s a blessing for me and my kids!” Anntionette said.
Thanks to your generous donations, the Food Bank is able to provide much needed food to families like Anntionette’s. With just $10, we can provide 55 meals to children, families and seniors in our community. Click here to make a donation today.
Caldwell House of Hope, located in Columbia, LA has been operating a community food pantry for 16 years. On a hot summer morning in July, we met a wonderful woman named Mary at their pantry distribution. Mary, a 76 year old great-grandmother who was born and raised in Caldwell Parish, has been coming to the food pantry for about two years.
Mary is a widow who lives on a fixed income from her husband’s social security check. She said that now that she is older, it’s really hard to make ends meet with her high medical expenses. “I may spend $200 on my medicines next week”, she told us.
The food she receives from the House of Hope pantry has been a huge help to Mary. She mentioned that she especially likes to receive the canned goods, and uses them to cook meals for herself throughout the month. She also finds fellowship within the walls of House of Hope, and enjoys socializing with others from the community while she is there. When we asked Mary what she would like to say to the people who support the Food Bank, she enthusiastically replied “I’d like to give a big thank you from me and everyone who participates, because it really helps!!”
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