BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A key part of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is its volunteers. Dozens of people donate their time and efforts collecting food, sorting it, and redistributing it.
"We can't do what we do without volunteers," said Mike Manning, CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
There's one group that the Food Bank has dubbed its Wednesday Warriors. Every Wednesday, a dedicated group of about 10 people show up to sort for hours. Mostly made up of retirees, over the years, they've formed a deep bond and passion for helping the food bank.
"You come in, you sort, you do senior boxes, there's always something to do," said Charlotte Langlois, who, with her husband, has been volunteering for more than four years.
"There's a need and this helps," added volunteer Terry Cormier. "It doesn't take care of everything, but it goes a long way to solve some of the problem."
Manning explained that last year, volunteers put in enough time to equal 14 full-time employees. By volunteering, money that would go to pay salaries can be used to help provide food for tens of thousands of people across 11 parishes. Cormier said their pay is the joy they get in helping others.
"It's rewarding," said Cormier.
Volunteering isn't the only way to help. The food bank launched its latest campaign, Stand Up to Hunger, with help from Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake and WAFB. You can donate through July 13.