Food bank asks for assistance from the public

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank feeds thousands of people each year.

Several volunteers were stuffing boxes Wednesday, but the supplies that fill the boxes are running low.

CEO Mike Manning says food is scarce during the summer, because giving back isn't the first thing on your mind.

"People tend to forget about the Food Bank during the summer. They think of us during the holidays when they're thankful of their situation," said Manning.

A new study from Feeding America shows nearly 127,000 people in the Baton Rouge area worry about where their next meal will come from, and 38,000 of those are children.

Many of them don't qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Manning says most of those parents make just a couple dollars above the cut-off, but that's not always enough.

"They are just above that level. Their parents are working hard to try to get it, but they get declined and they look for us to help," said Manning.

The Food Bank services 11 Parishes and ships food to 130 different agencies.

One agency is the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging which feeds seniors citizens once a week.

"Normally every Wednesday this room is full of perishable items to give out once a week. We feed around 200 seniors on Wednesdays. And this time the bag is going to be short," said Tasha Clark-Amar Executive Director of the Council on Aging.

"It's all about taking care of your brother and your neighbor and making a difference in their lives and trying to help them so they can get through the situation they're in," said Manning.

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