Salvation Army, Great Baton Rouge Food Bank in need of help foll - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Salvation Army, Great Baton Rouge Food Bank in need of help following flood

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank shelves were emptied after historic flooding (Source: WAFB) Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank shelves were emptied after historic flooding (Source: WAFB)
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (Source: WAFB) Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (Source: WAFB)
Salvation Army recovering after historic flooding (Source: WAFB) Salvation Army recovering after historic flooding (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank gave out more than 9 million meals to families in need last year. The Salvation Army provided shelter, social services, and disaster assistance for tens of thousands. Now, both charitable organizations are struggling in the wake of the flood. 

The Food Bank took on around four feet of water, losing a million pounds of food and nearly all of its equipment, according to president and CEO Mike Manning. 

It took a week to clear out contaminated food and gut the building. It will take several more weeks to wash, sanitize and dry the facility in order to meet food safety standards. The cleaning process alone, Manning said, will cost the Food Bank a million and a half dollars. 

Manning is hopeful they’ll be back in the warehouse within a month. 

Millions more will be required to repair the Salvation Army's facility on Airline Highway, which housed a thrift store, warehouse, and a men's shelter. Floodwaters ruined all the donations on site along with group's response trucks. 

Board member Tonja Miles said it is unclear how long it will take to make all the necessary repairs. 

Amazingly, both facilities are still helping the community even as they work to get back on their feet. The Food Bank has two satellite locations to distribute food, one on Choctaw and one with the Department of Agriculture. Miles said the Salvation Army has helped 75,000 people during the flooding event alone. 

"We're trying to help other people first," Miles said. 

"The need doesn't stop, but the need has gotten so much greater because so many people have lost so much," Manning said. 

However, both organizations are finding themselves in need of the community’s help and donations to help them continue to help others. Today, WAFB is hosting a telethon to support the organizations called Raising Hope. From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., anyone who wants to help can call 225-215-4777 and donate to help them rebuild. 

"We need people in our community to rally behind us like we've been rallying behind them to get us up and running again so that we can continue doing the work that we do," Miles said. 

Copyright 2016 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Local/State NewsMore>>

  • State offers sales discount on hurricane supplies

    State offers sales discount on hurricane supplies

    Friday, May 25 2018 4:37 AM EDT2018-05-25 08:37:53 GMT
    A state sales tax holiday will be held Memorial Day weekend so residents can stock up on hurricane supplies (Source: WAFB)A state sales tax holiday will be held Memorial Day weekend so residents can stock up on hurricane supplies (Source: WAFB)

    Memorial Day weekend may be the best time to stock up on supplies for hurricane season. On Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, the sales tax will drop from 5 to 3 percent on various items people need for storm preparation.

    More >>

    Memorial Day weekend may be the best time to stock up on supplies for hurricane season. On Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, the sales tax will drop from 5 to 3 percent on various items people need for storm preparation.

    More >>
  • Five common food and drug interactions

    Five common food and drug interactions

    Even healthy foods can sometimes do harm if combined with the wrong medications (Source: WAFB)Even healthy foods can sometimes do harm if combined with the wrong medications (Source: WAFB)
    Even healthy foods can sometimes do harm if combined with the wrong medications (Source: WAFB)Even healthy foods can sometimes do harm if combined with the wrong medications (Source: WAFB)

    Many foods can interact with drugs by delaying, decreasing, or inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb the medicine. On the other hand, some medicines require food to help the body absorb them better.

    More >>

    Many foods can interact with drugs by delaying, decreasing, or inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb the medicine. On the other hand, some medicines require food to help the body absorb them better.

    More >>
  • Committee moves bill that could help close budget gap

    Committee moves bill that could help close budget gap

    The House Committee on Ways and Means moves a bill that could help close the state's budget gap (Source: WAFB)The House Committee on Ways and Means moves a bill that could help close the state's budget gap (Source: WAFB)
    The House Committee on Ways and Means moves a bill that could help close the state's budget gap (Source: WAFB)The House Committee on Ways and Means moves a bill that could help close the state's budget gap (Source: WAFB)

    The House Committee on Ways and Means moved a bill by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria that could help to close the $648 million budget gap.

    More >>

    The House Committee on Ways and Means moved a bill by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria that could help to close the $648 million budget gap.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly