BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) –The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is opening a Drive-Thru Lotus Food Pantry on Wednesday, May 13th.

The pantry will be open from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at the Antioch Senior Center.

The Antioch Senior Center is located at 7140 Suite E Antioch Rd.

The drive thru food pantry is open on Wednesday to all senior residents in East Baton Rouge Parish who are 60 years or older.

EBRCOA has provided the following details about the pantry:

  • Seniors are encouraged to drive up to the Antioch Senior Center, pop their trunk and an EBRCOA staff member will place their groceries, lunch and supplies into their vehicle.
  • The EBRCOA will distribute bags of groceries. In addition fresh fruit and vegetables are being provided through a donation from Merchants Foods Service and State Representative C. Denise Marcelle.
  • Each senior will receive fresh bread donated by First Financial, Dr. James Gilmore, Bell’s Janitorial Service and Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
  • Seniors will also be supplied with household items and toiletries donated by 100 Black Women BR and Change. A hot lunch will be provided that has been organized by Chef Celeste from a group of local restaurants and caterers such as Mestizo, Indulgence, DC Eats, Chef DJ, Chef Jean Pierre, Chef Jim Urdiales and Chef Michelle.

The purpose of the EBRCOA Lotus Food Pantry is to help combat senior hunger in the parish.

The service is made possible with the help of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, USDA and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

“During this pandemic, our senior community has an ongoing need for fresh food and supplies. It is our goal to not only meet this need, but to provide a surplus so that all seniors can be serviced. We are committed to continue living our mission to serve the seniors of Baton Rouge, while also following safe guards and minimizing the transmission of COVID-19,” said Tasha Clark-Amar, Chief Executive Officer of EBRCOA.

For more information, call the Council on Aging at (225) 923-8000.