“It’s hard to look into the faces of your friends, mothers and fathers. They were fine before the storm, but now, they’re begging for food.” – Randy Millet. St. Bernard Food Pantry.
Second Harvest now distributes TWICE as much food as it did before the levee failures.The storm and levee failures demolished food warehouses, warehoused food, crops and closed numerous supermarkets that used to donate from their shelves.
The Louisiana Food Bank Association is appealing to the state for $15 million in emergency funds, a radical turn of events for this organization which never applied for government aid before. It remains to be seen whether the state will provide the funds.
Last year, they managed a grant of only $5 million.
The Food Banks buy food from local farmers, fisherman and food vendors to distribute locally.
Here’s info for the Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana