Rising Tide is excited to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana for a volunteer opportunity on Friday, August 28th, from 9 AM to noon. We invite all conference attendees to join us at the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse in Elmwood as we assemble food packages for distribution to families in coastal Louisiana.
To sign up, please contact Alli deJong at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, July 29th.
Your presence and participation will bring attention to the issue of hunger in south Louisiana, demonstrate the value of volunteering, and help Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and access to healthy foods for all – including children, families and seniors who rely on emergency food assistance.
Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to nearly 263,000 people including approximately 82,000 children and 40,000 seniors across 23 south Louisiana parishes -- stretching from the Mississippi state line to the Texas border. However it is simply not enough for Second Harvest Food Bank to provide emergency food assistance. It is imperative to also provide access to highly nutritious foods – foods that nourish families, sustain seniors and fuel our children’s’ ability to learn and grow to be healthy adults.
Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Second Harvest Food Bank became the largest food bank in history. With the help of Feeding America and more than 70 skilled food bank volunteers from all over the country, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 8 million pounds of food and grocery products, representing a six-fold increase over its pre-Katrina distribution of 1.2 million pounds of food monthly, or 14.5 million pounds annually. By the end of May, 2006, Second Harvest Food Bank had distributed more than 44 million pounds of food and grocery products.
For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank and to find out what you can do to get involved beyond this day of service with Rising Tide, visit http://no-hunger.org
Rising Tide is proud to support the efforts of Second Harvest to lead the fight against hunger in south Louisiana. Our conference this year will include a food drive. Please consider bringing at least one, but preferably several, non-perishable items to support Second Harvest as they respond to the increasing need in the coastal parishes.
Items that are always needed include:
- peanut butter
- soups / stews
- canned fruits / vegetables
- canned meats (chicken, beef, ham)
- tuna fish
- hot cereals (grits, oatmeal)
- shelf stable milk