BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Every dollar counts at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as recovery efforts continue after Hurricane Ida.
“It’s really a challenge for us to do what we do without having to buy more food and to keep this place going. Keeping the lights on if you will,” says President/CEO Mike Manning.
Staff and volunteers have been working hard getting food to those in need, but with the current demand on top of storm recovery, the workload has increased.
“We may go to certain parts of a parish once a month or twice a month. Now we’re going every other day. It’s increased that demand to raise more money to pay for all of that,” Manning explains.
Manning says he asks donors to give to normal operations which includes payroll for staff, fuel for trucks to make deliveries and new programs, but that’s currently on hold.
“We have new programs scheduled to be reviewed and finalized going forward, but right now we’re spending all of our time making sure people have food. Just the basics,” says Manning.
Those basics for those in need go a long way.
“The people we provide this food to are generally people who don’t have 72 hours worth of food to prepare for a storm. You’re talking about having to recover from what they lost in their home and then on top of that, having to try and find new food and see if the grocery stores are open. It’s a real challenge for us to make sure that we’re getting food into people’s hands and eat it,” Manning says.
With a long battle ahead to fight hunger after a storm, a word of gratitude is waiting on the other side from every donor.
“Thank you. We need you. We truly appreciate you. We couldn’t do it without you.”
If you’d like to learn more on how you can donate, visit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank website.