Feeding Louisiana, the state food bank association, supports the collaborative efforts of the state’s five regional food banks - located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport - to accomplish their policy and advocacy objectives, in addition to their food sourcing and fundraising efforts.
In 2020, Louisiana’s food banks distributed roughly 120 million pounds of food, a 67% increase from the last non-pandemic year. This is approximately enough food for 100 million meals. The food bank network includes partnerships with nearly 1,000 community- and faith-based organizations statewide.
This year, Feeding Louisiana’s advocacy efforts helped to ensure that:
More than 630,000 Louisiana children received assistance to cover the cost of school meals lost due to virtual or hybrid learning,
Low-income families received a 25% increase in monthly SNAP benefits, and
Child poverty would be reduced by up to 50% through the expanded Child Tax Credit.