As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create uncertainty across the globe, Second Harvest Food Bank is stepping up to fill one of the most crucial needs for Louisiana communities: ongoing access to well-stocked food banks. Second Harvest already serves over 30 million meals each year to residents in 23 parishes, but with the economic fallout of so many people being out of work due to the virus, the organization’s services are more important than ever. According to Second Harvest, seniors, children, and low-income workers in the local service industry are some of the hardest hit.
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Many people want to help their community during these troubling times and supporting food banks like Second Harvest is one way to safely assist those in need without jeopardizing health and safety recommendations. In a recent press conference, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards emphasized the importance of the local food banks during this crisis, stating that donating is one of the most easy ways to help and that just $1 can feed as many as four people. “A little bit of money really goes a long way in our food banks and being able to feed people. Obviously, nutrition is important all the time. It’s certainly important now. We want people to be as healthy as possible and have strong immune systems.” He said.
In addition to donations, Second Harvest Food Bank still needs in-person volunteers to accomplish its important mission. As part of the firm’s ongoing partnership with the non-profit, employees of Morris Bart recently gathered at the New Orleans location to volunteer for a day. While adhering to social distancing best practices, the volunteers worked to sort donations, organize inventory, and pack individual nutrition assistance packages for distribution. In Mr. Bart’s words, “Doing whatever I can to help hungry families in Louisiana is very important to me and that’s why I have donated over $1 million to Second Harvest Food Bank and committed dozens of my employees to volunteer at their food bank.”
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There are many ways you can support food banks like Second Harvest, even if you cannot volunteer in person. Monetary donations to Second Harvest can be made online here. In addition to donations of food, the organization is also accepting cleaning supplies to ensure their services are provided as safely as possible.
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