BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge Police Department held a food distribution drive-thru with local organizations.
“We love to serve, we’re dedicated to serving the people,” organizer Verna Bradley-Jackson said.
Cars lined up an hour ahead of the drive-thru food distribution, the Capital Area ReEntry Coalition partnered with One Touch Ministry to help ease the food insecurity people in the area have been experiencing.
“Seeing the ones that come through the lines and hearing their stories and seeing the expression on their face once they leave, I think it touched all of our hearts,” Bradley-Jackson said.
Food supplies were available until everything ran out, Jackson said she was expecting such a huge turnout because of the ongoing need.
“The pandemic, and Hurricane Ida and all the disasters that we have had in the last couple of months, that’s why there are so many people here,” said Bradley-Jackson.
The Capital Area ReEntry coalition focuses on reintegrating those returning from incarceration, Sharon Jefferson is the President of the Board of Directors, she said their involvement in the food drive shows that everyone in the community needs each other.
“It’s a coalition so we come together, no one agency can do this work by themselves, and so we have to come together in order to serve the community,” Jefferson said.