Enjoyed this article? Subscribe to our newsletter

Louisiana’s Food Banks Running Low

Without some help, the holiday season may be extra hard for the state’s less fortunate families. According to Governor John Bell Edwards, food banks in Louisiana, and across the country have been hit hard this year, with both increased need and fewer donations resulting in emptier shelves than normal.

With the holidays looming this is a particularly tough time for food banks to be running low – as many families rely on them for their holiday (and every day) meals.

In New Orleans, issues like a disproportionate number of food deserts caused by economic disparity and gentrification combined with lower SNAP benefits for needy families. The holidays are a particularly difficult time for many, with financial resources stretched as thin as can be. And while many try to give what they can to ease the need of their fellow New Orleanians, donations are sadly falling far short of the growing need.

This may be because people have been concentrating on helping the victims of the myriad disasters that occurred this year: the Camp Fire in California, Hurricane Michael here on the Gulf Coast, and Tropical Storm Alberto on the east coast.

At any rate, if you have the resources to donate – either in nonperishable food items or monetarily, you can view our piece on local New Orleans food pantries in our Community Spotlight.

Jenn Bentley is a writer and editor originally from Cadiz, Kentucky. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The Examiner, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, and others. When she’s not writing or editing, Jenn spends her time raising money for Extra Life and advocating for autism awareness.

Help Keep Big Easy Magazine Alive

Hey y'all,

I just wanted to provide an update to where we stand today. A few days ago, we launched a fundraising effort to keep Big a Easy Magazine alive. We determined we would need to raise $10,000, which represents 1/10 of the personal investment I made into the publication. As it stands now, we have raised just over $300 and have set a fundraising deadline of midnight June 1st. Please help us meet our goal. I promise you with your support if we reach our goal, you will be able to continue seeing progressive content about the issues that matter. If we don’t meet our goal, well, in all honesty, those who have an interest in our demise will have won the battle. When we launched the fundraising effort, we got bombarded with remarks such as “see ya,” and “lol.” We cannot allow them to win. Please donate today to keep us alive and support progressive media.

Thank you,
Scott Ploof
Big Easy Magazine

Time Left to Donate:

Share this Article

2 thoughts on “Louisiana’s Food Banks Running Low

  1. Hi.. I’m disabled and struggling.. I would like to know where some of these food banks are as I cannot find much info online. Thank you.

    1. Hi Nicole:

      New Orleans Food Pantry: 13040 I-10 Service Rd., New Orleans, LA 70128
      Second Harvest Food Bank: call 1-855-392-9338

      New Orleans Mission (shelter): 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113

Comments are closed.