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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: Our mission is to serve as the central resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana.Our vision is to ultimately end hunger in Northwest Louisiana by ensuring a consolidated network of effective food collection and distribution which will provide universal access to free food for the needy in our communities.

Target demographics: provide food and household items to individuals living below the poverty level.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 78,000 individuals - families, elderly, homeless, disabled, unemployed, underemployed

Geographic areas served: Caddo, Bossier, Webster Claiborne, Bienville, Red River and DeSoto Parishes in Northwest Louisiana

Programs: Providing more service to clients in northwest Louisiana than almost any other non-profit organization, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana provides the following programs through its partnership with 150 non-profit organizations, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, church food pantries, schools and after school programs. Food Distribution: The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana distributed over 9.4 million pounds of food with a value of $14,500,000 to more than 83,600 unduplicated low-income and below poverty level women, children and men in the seven parishes in Northwest Louisiana in 2016-17. Disaster Relief: As a disaster responder we provided immediate assistance to our member agencies, pop-up and faith-based shelters and other individuals. During the 2016 Spring flood we distributed over $212,000 of food, water and supplies to disaster victims. Summer Food Service Program: Provided 17,912 nutritional breakfasts and lunches for hungry children that had no access to free food during the summer months when school was not in session. Kids Cafe®: Provided daily hot meals and nutritional education to 1,300 hungry children enrolled in Volunteers of America Lighthouse, the Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) and Winner’s Circle after-school programs. BackPack™ Program: 1,650 chronically hungry children are provided with a weekly backpack of food to take home for the weekend and holidays. The 7-10 pound bag included items such as granola bars, fruit juice, and pop-top canned food. Senior Program: Provided a monthly box of pantry staple foods to over 1,200 low income seniors throughout our 7 parishes. Mobile Pantry: Provided food to rural pantry clients on a monthly basis. K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations): A national program which distributed new clothing and toys to children in need.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved the experience I have had volunteering with the Food Bank. We came and sorted food for senior boxes and it was really amazing to see all of the people we would be helping. It is such a caring organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Food Bank is really making a difference in Northwest Louisiana. I can't tell you how many people know all the good works of the Food Bank -- the senior boxes, the pantries and the backpack program for the school kids. Every time I go to Empty Bowls I am reminded of how there are so many people who need food in our area. I am so glad the Food Bank is working to meet their needs!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a high school and college student, I frequently volunteered with the food bank for community service hours. Scheduling a time for you or your group to volunteer is easy and it's a great way to give back to the community!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana for many years and cannot say enough about the dedication of the staff. They are selfless and consistently give all they have for our community. The entire team is mission driven and work very hard so our community needs for food are met.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love giving to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. For every $1 donated to them, they can turn it around to make up to 8 meals for those in need! Whoa! They also have lots of ways you can help so there is something for everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana for 4 years. The organization does great work and provides a basic need for northwest Louisiana. So many people depend on the food bank for food assistance, especially seniors. Every time I volunteer I feel I am really helping someone less fortunate. It is very rewarding and gratifying.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I just recently started doing volunteer work with the foo bank delivering food boxes to seniors and its very rewarding. To help those who need the assistance in getting food and getting the smiles in getting the extra help. Its a good experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been voluntering with the food bank for a number of years. There are so many people in our area which are in need and every day we are able to help them. We not only support kids and seniors directly, but help all the food pantry's, too.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

The Food Bank of NW Louisiana is a great place to work. I work with very dedicated individuals that really care about helping people in need. It is also a very rewarding job see how what we do really helps people. I worked here previously and then returned again a few years ago.