Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Second Harvest Food Bank

Photo Credit: Second Harvest Food Bank

One of the organizations that received praise again and again at the National Conference for Volunteering and Service was the Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.  Food banks are one of our favorite areas to give back -- it is so easy!  Have 5 minutes?  Clean your pantry of those unwanted cans of tuna and pea soup to donate them to a food bank where they can provide good nutrition to a hungry person or family.  Have a few hours?  Sign up at your local food bank to sort donations or put together meal boxes for delivery to the homeless, elderly, and needy.  Food banks are an easy way to help out without needing to commit a ton of time to the cause.  They are also a wonderful place to take children to teach them about nutrition and giving back.  Many volunteer projects are 18+, but most food banks accept and welcome children of all ages (supervised by an adult).

The Second Harvest Food Bank is a great example of a well-run food bank that serves a very large and needy community.  They were hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but they continue to run as one of the largest food banks in the country, servicing more than 19 million meals to more than 263,000 people.  Plus, SHFB makes things fun with Canstruction and a Rubber Duck Derby!

Food is one of life's treasures that one cannot live without.  Without food, and with hunger, there is no life.  Not in New Orleans?  Find a food bank in your area to learn how they are servicing your community and how you can help.

The mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is to lead the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response.

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