It Takes A Village feeds the homeless every Sunday

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It Takes A Village serves the homeless community of Baton Rouge every Sunday.

“I just would like to thank our community for reaching out to us. And for helping the homeless,” said community attendee Lauren Poche.

The local non profit, It Takes A Village has cooked a meal and given away personal items every Sunday since September of 2015.

Each week they serve a meal prepared on site to 250 people in need.

Executive director Tiffany Simpson said It Takes A Village rents a nearby house to store cooking supplies.

 “We meal prep out here, we cook it out here, we do everything out here, because it really adds to the family environment of it when we cook,” Simpson said. 

She said it feels different if they bring food out, instead of cooking.

 “Cooking out here is a family situation, almost like a Sunday fun day type thing.”

” It really makes it enjoyable for not just the members but also the people that we’re serving.”

It Takes A Village also provides participants with basic necessities for free.

They have clothes, shoes, hygiene products and snacks. 

People of all ages are welcome. They provide special snacks and activities for kids.

“We hate to see kids having to be out here period, so we really want to give the kids a nice day where they feel loved, feel cared for and really feel like, you know, people are really looking out for them,” Simpson said.

Community members said they appreciate the help but that the people living on the streets still need more support.

They said there is a significant shortage of women and children’s shelters.

They would also prefer to have separate women’s and men’s shelters. 

It Takes A Village works with the Mayor’s office and Louisiana Housing Commission to get people off the streets and into permanent homes.

They are accepting  donations on their website.

Next Sunday will be a special Easter celebration. 

That will be at 130 Saint Vincent DePaul Drive on April 1st, starting at 9 am.

It Takes A Village encourages people to join their celebration and bring gently used clothing and shoes, snacks, personal items and Easter candy. 

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