Baton Rouge, LA - In Louisiana’s recent legislative session, lawmakers from across the state appropriated $2.5 million for Feeding Louisiana, empowering the state’s food banks to purchase and distribute nutritious, locally grown foods to communities in need. Governor John Bel Edwards signed the supplemental appropriations act and the budget bills on June 2, 2022, completing a critical step in Louisiana’s fight against hunger and food insecurity.
Hunger was already an epidemic in Louisiana prior to 2020, but the need has risen as a result of the pandemic, several natural disasters, and rising inflation. Today, more than 800,000 Louisianans are unsure where their next meal might come from.
In addition to feeding more children, seniors, and rural communities, the state’s historic investment in Louisiana’s food banks will lead to the purchase of foods that are grown and manufactured in Louisiana; thereby, providing a boost to the economy at the local, regional, and state level.
The Feeding Louisiana network consists of five regional food banks, which are based in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Louisiana’s food banks serve food insecure households in all 64 parishes statewide through mobile distributions and a network of more than 700 partner organizations, including but not limited to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and senior centers.
“Feeding Louisiana is grateful for the effort of Governor Edwards and the Louisiana State Legislature to make food insecurity –and the households it affects— a bipartisan priority,” said Feeding Louisiana Board President and Interim Executive Director Jayne Wright-Velez. “We applaud the use of the State’s surplus to fuel a more equitable recovery while building toward a hunger-free future for all Louisianans.”