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Newsletter Fall 2020

Your Donations Help Our Neighbors Make Ends Meet

We met Brenda at one of our drive-thru distributions in Ouachita Parish. She had arrived bright and early that morning, and was visiting with people in the neighboring cars while they waited. Brenda, a 58-year-old grandmother of 11, lives off of a small salary from babysitting. She was born and raised in West Monroe, and she told us this was the first time she had ever reached out for food assistance.

“I haven’t been working as many hours, and food is sky-high expensive”, Brenda said.

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide Brenda, and hundreds of other families with a box of pantry staples, 15 pounds of chicken and sausage, and fresh apples. Before she drove away, Brenda said, “God bless the people who donate!”

Your gift today will help us continue to be there for neighbors like Brenda. Please click here to donate online.

Thanks For Helping Us Feed More People!

Paying It Forward

Sometimes the most generous among us are those who have been in a position to need help. Rebecca experienced her time of need in the late 90’s, when the Food Bank had just been founded. We’re grateful for the community support that has allowed us to be there for our neighbors like Rebecca for almost 25 years.

“I was two weeks postpartum from a cesarean section when the baby’s father left us. I had no car (sold it to cut expenses), and my home was about to go into foreclosure. My neighbor came over to check in on us and found me crying while I was feeding the baby.

Against my protests, she took us to the Food Bank so we could have a source for food. I had a five year old, too. I was overwhelmed with the kindness shown me that I started crying. We were given food, good food that was fresh and usable, all without judgement. There have been a couple of times I had the need to go back. I have always been treated with respect.

I am doing much better now, and give cash donations to help the Food
Bank. Thank you!” – Rebecca

We’re grateful for ongoing community support that has allowed us to help those facing hard times. Every $10 you donate will help us provide 55 meals to families in need.

Miss Louisiana Fights Food Insecurity

Courtney volunteering at our Lincoln Parish Hurricane Laura relief food distribution.

Courtney Hammons has been volunteering with the Food Bank for several years. A Choudrant native and recent Louisiana Tech graduate in Nutrition and Dietetics, Courtney was crowned Miss Louisiana in June. Courtney is passionate about hunger relief, and her platform was “Feed the Food Bank”. In addition to volunteering at the Food Bank, she directed the Good Nutrition Mission on-campus food pantry at Louisiana Tech University, a Food Bank partner agency.

Congratulations to Courtney on being crowned Miss Louisiana 2020, and for your work on behalf of our neighbors who struggle with food insecurity!

Local Seniors Receive Nutritious Foods

Your support helped us partner with low-income senior housing locations to deliver nutritious food. Seniors often face difficult spending choices on their fixed monthly incomes. No senior should have to choose between buying their medications or food. Thanks to you, they receive groceries to help them stretch their budgets. The Food Bank also operates a year-round Senior Program, which provides low income seniors with food every month.

Hunger Action Month

September is National Hunger Action Month, a time that is usually filled with Food Bank events to encourage the community to take action against hunger. This year, not only are food banks facing increased demands because of the pandemic, we are unable to have our normal community fundraising events. But you can still take action.

Please consider making a donation to our hunger relief efforts today. You can do so from the comfort of your home by visiting or calling us at 318-322-3567. Every $10 will help us provide 55 meals to our neighbors facing hunger.

Other Ways to Help:

Start a Facebook Fundraiser

Earn Donations From Amazon While You Shop

You can help us feed more people in our community by starting your own Facebook fundraiser for the Food Bank. Every $10 will help us provide 55 meals to our neighbors in need, and Facebook doesn’t take out any processing fees.
Get started with just a few simple clicks at:

Shop AmazonSmile, and your purchase can help fight hunger. Same great Amazon products and service. Now available on the updated Amazon App!

Here’s how:

🍎 Make sure you have the updated Amazon app

🍊 Go to settings, then AmazonSmile, & turn on donations for you device

🥦 If you haven’t already set us as your charity, or to shop via the web, go to and search for us.

🍓 Then just shop as normal & Amazon will donate 0.5% of qualifying orders!

Feel free to call us for help with set up, ask for Sarah!

Organizations That Power Our Programs

These organizations helped us feed more of our neighbors by their generous gifts of $2,500 or more. Thanks for your support!
• The Thomas & Mayme P. Scott Foundation
• Enterprise Holdings Foundation
• Modern Woodmen
• Nutrien Ag Solutions
• The Junior League of Monroe
• Allstate Foundation

Farewell to a True Hero

Roger Parker (center) was a true hero to many facing hunger in Northeast Louisiana

We mourn the loss of Roger Parker, one of the founding fathers of the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. Roger was involved in the very first discussions of creating a local Food Bank, and played an important role in taking the Food Bank from an idea to a reality in the late 90’s. Roger then served on the Board of Directors from the inception until his passing, and was the longest serving Board member of the Food Bank.

Roger Parker was a quiet hunger hero who was passionate about our mission, guided the work of the Food Bank over the years, and helped to put millions of meals on the tables of struggling families throughout Northeast Louisiana.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Privacy Policy: We like to thank and recognize donors who support our Food Bank. However, if you do not want your name revealed to the public, please let us know you wish to remain anonymous, and we will respect your wishes.
The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana will take all appropriate action to protect our donors’ personal information and will not sell or share this information to third parties.
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