Feeding America: Lending a helping hand at the GBR Food Bank

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRROUD)- As Hunger Action Month comes to a close, all hands are on deck for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as needs are high following Hurricane Ida.

“Volunteers are a key to our success for us to be able to do what we do,” says President and CEO Mike Manning.

The key to that success has been a great help during recovery efforts for survivors of Hurricane Ida.

“We depended on this community and it always rises to the occasion.”

Volunteers can do a variety of tasks, but the main concern is packaging food and getting it to those in need.

“Bringing cases of food to a distribution is not as easy as bringing pre-boxed, individual distribution boxes to be able to really speed up the process and get more impact to more places.”

Manning says volunteers often bring donations which helps feed someone who’s fighting hunger.

One volunteer shared what it means to help a fellow neighbor.

“When something like this happens, there’s no way to put a value on how wonderful you feel when you contribute to the effort to help rebuild,” says volunteer Vivian Tozaki.

As the non-profit battles through hurricane aftermath and an ongoing pandemic, one thing is for sure–the people of Baton Rouge will always have each other’s back.

“We only do one thing. We do food and we get it to people in need. When somebody gets that in their heart, they become a big part of this operation. That’s what endearing to us with the volunteers. Their commitment to our mission.”

If you’d like to learn more on how you can volunteer, visit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank website.

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