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Hi, my name is Gina, and I would like to tell you how important the Food Bank has been in my life. It was only five short years ago when I had left a domestic abusive marriage with my two sons. I will never forget when I went to the Housing Authority and was told what my monthly rent would be with assistance. I was working two jobs but knew that it would take every bit of help I could get to make the move work. I was scared, but I knew that we could make it on an extremely tight budget because for years we had been surviving on very little.
The first day in our new apartment brought such peace, and the Food Bank played a huge part in this sense of relief that we were experiencing. I took my boys and drove to the Food Bank, and we were offered assistance with a smile on the face of each person that we encountered. We only had to use the program once, but I knew that if we ever needed help again, they would be there for us. We were blessed by the goodness of family and friends many times but this was such an important day to receive the kindness of wonderful people whom we had never met.
The program made such an impact on our family that I volunteer at the Food Bank whenever possible. At Christmas, I brought my youngest son with me to help sort food, and I found out that the kindness received also made an impact on him. The moment we pulled up he remarked how he remembered coming to the warehouse and getting food to bring to the apartment.
The Food Bank has many programs that also assist our area seniors and children. I want to ask anyone who is reading this to understand how important it is to do all you can do to help. You can volunteer as an individual, family and organization or you can donate any amount of money or food items. All of these things will help the Food Bank help people who are in need. Please consider helping the Food Bank because you never know when you or someone you know may need them and I can guarantee that they will be there with a smile on their face.
Catherine knows what it’s like to need a little extra help. She has been receiving groceries from Food Bank partner agency Traylor Ministries for three years. Catherine worked for many years at a plywood plant, and then as a nurses aid before retiring at age 75 to care for her husband after his stroke. After he passed away, Catherine started going to the food pantry.
At age 86, Catherine shows no signs of slowing down. She regularly gives rides to neighbors. “I love helping people,” she said. Catherine often cooks for neighborhood kids, who she calls her adopted grandchildren. She especially likes to make dishes with the vegetables she receives from the food pantry. “It’s a good cause and I love it!” said Catherine about the Food Bank.
The Food Bank of NELA’s primary feeding program is the distribution of food to our network of more than 60 non-profit partner agencies like Traylor Ministries. These agencies operate local pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief programs. The Food Bank’s partners are located throughout 12 parishes in Northeast Louisiana and serve low income people in need of food assistance.
To help support the distribution of food to people like Catherine, please consider a donation. Just $10 will help the Food Bank provide 55 meals.
At age 89, Rosie lives on a fixed income that makes it hard sometimes to afford the things she needs. She signed up for the Food Bank’s Senior Program, and now receives a box of food every month. Rosie is a bright spot in the lives of our Food Bank team. When we deliver her food, she always has a smile and a positive attitude. “It really has been a blessing to me to get the food box”, said Rosie. “It helps me to get my medicine and other personal things I need.”
When the widespread flooding happened in March of 2016, Rosie’s home took on water. The cost of replacing things that were ruined made it even harder to make ends meet. Rosie didn’t let that put a damper on her mood though, and continued to stay positive and express gratitude for what she has.
When talking about the people who donated to provide the food in the Senior boxes, Rosie said “It makes me feel real good to know that someone is concerned about me… I pray it also makes them feel really good to do that.”
Please consider making a donation today to help us continue to feed seniors like Rosie.