On May 23rd, 2019, Feeding Louisiana welcomed over 100 advocates from food banks, community organizations, and non-profits from around Louisiana to the state capitol for Anti-Hunger Advocacy day. These advocates gave a voice to the over 773,000 Louisianans who experience food insecurity every year.
These advocates spoke about the struggles their communities face in finding jobs, continuing their education, and keeping food on the table. They also advocated for farm to food bank partnerships, child hunger initiatives, SNAP, and all programs which help them to meet the immense needs of families facing food insecurity every day in their home communities.
In support of this work, Representative Royce Duplessis introduced a Resolution in front of the House, H.R.194, commending the work of the Feeding Louisiana network and officially recognizing May 23rd, 2019 as Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day.
The participants also gathered for a public rally on the capitol steps and heard from speakers including Feeding Louisiana Executive Director, Korey Patty, Representative Malinda White, Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Mike Strain, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana CEO, Natalie Jayroe, East Carroll Community Action Agency Executive Director, Rosie Brown, and LA Department of Children & Family Services Assistant Secretary of Family Support, Dr. Alfreda Tillman Bester.
Thank you to all of the food banks, pantries, community partners, advocates, and legislators who participated and brought their enthusiasm, energy, and expertise to the Capitol this year.