BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Food insecurity, is still an issue in the Capital Area. One organization is trying to close the gap by teaming up with DoorDash to deliver healthy foods to people’s doors.
Some areas in the Baton Rouge community have no or limited access to grocery stores. The Christian Outreach Center is teaming up with DoorDash and Councilman Daryl Hurst to help find a solution.
“We’ve always been concerned about the fact that there that there’s a food desert here and in many other parts of Baton Rouge. And so when DoorDash reached out to various organizations, we were the first ones to say, ‘Yeah, we’ll do it,'” said Brian Sleeth, executive director at Christian Outreach Center.
Doordash workers will pick up groceries from the Christian Outreach Center twice a month to deliver over seventy free meals. Sleeth wants to help as many people as possible.
“Now we’re able to actually get out into the community to people who can come to us,” said Sleeth.
The work doesn’t stop there, starting next month they will expand the list of goods they can give to people in need.
“We’ve got fresh produce, we’ve got frozen meats, we’ve got canned goods and hard groceries as well. And all of that will be expanded to include dairy,” said Matthew Pham, development director for the Christian Outreach Center.
Pham said everyone has tough times and inflation still being at an all-time high, so they want to be there for their community.
Residents in the Greater Baton Rouge Area are invited to apply for this free service by calling (225) 377-8582 or emailing email@example.com. Emails will be followed up with a call from staff.