BATON ROUGE; Throughout the pandemic, Louisinanans across the state have faced job losses, school closures, evictions, and daily challenges to making ends meet. Feeding America estimates that nearly 1 million Louisianans experienced food insecurity, including a third of all children. Now more than ever, we see how hunger can happen to any person in any community around our state and just how many Louisiana families are living one or two missed paychecks away from food insecurity.
Within weeks of the first stay at home order, Louisiana food banks saw a 100% increase in families and individuals coming to their doors looking for food assistance, many of them never having had to ask for help with food before. Our member food banks quickly pivoted to respond to this immense need, overcoming new challenges with safety, drive-through distributions, supply chain disruptions, and minimal volunteer assistance. By the end of 2020, Louisiana food banks distributed more than 115 million pounds of food to communities in need all around the state; a 65% increase from the year before.
While cases are falling and vaccine distribution is rising, this hunger crisis is not over. Feeding Louisiana’s member food banks and community- and faith-based partners remain committed to ensuring that all Louisianans have enough food on the table to live healthy, hunger-free lives for the duration of the pandemic, economic recovery, and beyond. Learn more about this crisis, the response from the emergency food system, and important policy opportunities to support this work in our full report.
Feeding Louisiana provides a unified voice for Louisiana's hungry by providing short-term food relief while seeking long-term solutions to hunger through advocacy, education, and leadership. Feeding Louisiana is made up of the five Feeding America member food banks in Louisiana, serving all 64 parishes through a network of more than 900 community and faith-based organizations.
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