Food drive aims to help families in need and restock food pantries

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LIVINGSTON PARISH (BR Proud News) – Maurepas High School Senior, Bryce Felps said, during the pandemic he wanted to make a difference in his community.

“I was like, what if we give back to these food banks that are really getting devastated really hard.”

That idea soon became a project called, Livingston HOPE. It’s a food drive that would restock area food bank pantries and live up to its acronym, Helping Other People Eat.

“Phase one is to give locally, if there’s any families that we know personally who are in immediate need or any old folks who may belong to a council of aging that need help. We’ll give some of these items that we have been given directly to them” said Felps, Organizer of Livingston HOPE

Felps said, like any service project, he wanted to make an impact. He said, that’s why he reached out to other students who answered the call.

“We understand the need for this so we thought it’s like the best idea to try and give back to the community.”

Friends and classmates Saber Bankson and Mary Hutchinson said, when the opportunity to service their community presented itself, they couldn’t say no.

“There are so many people around here. We are a small town, we know each other, we want to help each other, we’re like a big family” said Hutchinson.

“It only takes like one person to initiate change and start so, if you’re that one person go for it” said Bankson.

Together, the students have collected hundreds of food items, cases of water and monetary donations. They say, their work shows that no task is too big if they all work together for a greater good.

“We all want to carry the weight on the world on our shoulders but at the end of the day, it takes extra people and extra hands to help you out.”

Donation locations:

  • Maurepas Baptist Church
  • Bethel Baptist Church in Livingston
  • French Settlement Town Hall
  • First UPC of Holden
  • The old Piggly Wiggly parking lot in Springfield

The last day to donate is Saturday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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