BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The mission of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a big one. Each year, the food bank and its many distribution partners manage to put food on the table of up to 90,000 people in need.
However, the shelves at the food bank would remain empty if not for the generous donations of people and companies throughout the metro region, such as the Starmount Life Insurance Company.
"It is incredible and it's just so important because there are parts of the community that just can't get enough attention and they need help and we're thrilled to be a part of the food bank's mission," Starmount's CEO Erich Sternberg said.
For years, Starmount and its employees have supported the food bank both financially and through volunteering.
"We're neighbors in the community so feeding the hungry goes back to neighbors being neighbors. In the end, we're one big community," Starmount's Community Relations Specialist Meghann Morin said.
One of the biggest events of the year for the company is its annual Cash and Cans Food Drive where employees do their part to stock the food bank's warehouse for the summer. This year they managed to donate 1,200 pounds of food.
"It's something our team gets really passionate and excited about every year," Sternberg said.
That's a mission the company hopes others will join.
"Just knowing that one in four don't know where their next meal is coming from is just so impactful," Morin said. "To be able to give them a meal, whether it's a can of red beans or a bag of rice that feed their family for a week. It's so important to know that each person isn't going without their next meal."
The food bank made it easy to get involved with its latest donation campaign, Stand Up to Hunger, which runs through July 13. The drive was organized with help from Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake and WAFB. Foodbank CEO Mike Manning explains donations allow the food bank to remain stocked and ready to serve, without having to charge for those services.
For more information on Stand Up to Hunger, click here.
"It's key because it's the summer. We have increased demand, decreased supply. So, it's really key for us to get through the summer and to the holidays when people are very thoughtful and generous and thinking about their brother and helping people out," Manning said.