GBR Food Bank in need of help for the holidays

GBR Food Bank in need of help for the holidays

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Grocery stores will be full this week as people stock up for their Thanksgiving celebration.

However, each bag of groceries may cost you a little more.  According to a food economist at Purdue University, higher food prices and even rising utility rates could mean a slightly pricier holiday meal.  That creates a bigger challenge for those who rely on the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

"We're seeing more seniors who are dealing with fixed incomes, having to buy prescription medicines and having to make that choice between food and medicine. So, it's really been much more a challenge than it has been in the years," said Mike Manning, CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Banks.

According to Manning, there are around 120,000 people throughout the 11 parishes the food bank serves who don't have enough food. Half of those are kids and seniors.  The CEO says the holidays are the busiest time of year for the food bank, but donations are needed year round.

"We get this great push and all of this great help and that helps us carry over to the early part of the winter, but we've got to get to lent when people come top of mind about it again," said Manning.

Right now through December 28 is one of the easiest ways to donate with Coca-cola's Make Someone Happy Campaign. 

In several grocery stores around town you can pick a bag that is already stocked with needed items for just $10, and you can even drop it in a donation bin on the way out of the store.

Manning says volunteers and monetary donations are also needed.  Thanks to national partnerships with Feed America and others, Manning says one dollar can be translated in five meals.  For more information on helping out and to find a list of participating stores, click here.

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