The Mighty Moms non-profit organization is expanding its “Give & Take” barrels and containers throughout Livingston Parish to increase access to free food for families in need during the Gov. John Bel Edward’s Stay-at-Home order.
“We are increasing the number of food barrels we have at strategic sites across the parish. We are working with our locations to make these ‘Give & Take” barrels available to outdoor walk-up traffic. These containers will be filled with non-perishable food items that needy families can take. This will allow families to access provisions without the need for human-to-human contact,” Dawn Birdsong, founder of Mighty Moms and board president said.
According to Birdsong volunteers will have the barrels filled and distributed across the parish by noon on Wednesday, March 24. She asked donors to take their items directly to the barrel or container closest to them to minimize contact and exposure with others. The locations include:
Barrel Locations Address:
First Baptist Church: 27735 LA Highway 16, Denham Springs
Christ Community Church: 26574 Juban Road, Denham Springs
Live Oak Baptist Church: 35603 Coxe Ave, Denham Springs
James Drug Store: 257 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs
One Life Church: 24603 LA Hwy 447, Denham Springs
Judson Baptist Church: 32470 Walker North Road, Walker
Bethlehem Baptist Church: 29350 South Montpelier Road, Albany
Colyell Baptist Church: 19524 LA Hwy 42, Livingston
Abundant Life Church Outreach Center: 206 Edgewood Drive, Denham Springs
Porche’s Sausage: 17415 LA Hwy 16, French Settlement
Holden Church: 30091 LA Hwy 441, Holden
Port Vincent Town Hall: 18235 La Hwy 16, Denham Spring
Council on Aging Center: 24259 La Hwy 22, Maurepas
Killian Town Hall: 28284 La Hwy 22, Springfield
Fire Protection District 4 Stations:
Station 1 29758 South Palmetto Road, Walker
Station 2 35455 Walker North Rd
Station 3 34893 Hwy 1019, Denham Springs
Station 4 21830 Hwy 16, Denham Springs
Station 5 18525 Clio Street, Port Vincent
Station 6 13215 Arnold Road, Walker
Fire Protection District 5 Stations:
Main Station 8098 Florida Blvd, Denham Springs
Station 2 31747 Myers Road, Denham Springs
Station 3 25500 LA Hwy 16, Denham Springs
Station 4 26175 Juban Road, Denham Springs
The ramp up in the barrel programs comes as the organization had to halt its “Full Tummy” project. This project distributes bags of food to school children in need at their area schools. The program was once distributing an average of 600 bags per week to students across 42 different Livingston schools before closure.
“Full Tummy is an important part of the lives of so many children,” Birdsong said. “But with our schools closed, we need a new way to get food to these children. Normally, our volunteers would just make home deliveries, but concerns over spreading the virus prohibit that action. That’s why adding barrel locations, creating greater access to food and expanding our donor and volunteer base is so important at this time,” Birdsong said.
Donation to Mighty Moms can be sent by text by texting GIVE to 225-269-1151 or give online at www.mightymomsgo.org. Volunteers who notice that a barrel is low or empty can make a donation to that site or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.