BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As we head into the holiday weekend, two well-known capital area organizations are making efforts to feed hundreds of families in need.
This provision is especially precious to some recipients, as these meals are the only way they’ll be able to feed their families this Christmas.
Cars lined the street at Salvation Army in North Baton Rouge, where volunteers provided the occupants of each vehicle with 40 pounds of food. For many, this initiative is one way to offset the cost of their holiday meal.
“It’ll help out a lot of people during the holidays. The ones that wouldn’t have anything to eat, they now have a meal,” said Michael McGee, the Program Director at the Salvation Army.
Over at St. Vincent De Paul, President Michael Acaldo, says the charity expects to feed over 400 people on Dec. 25.
With freezing temperatures outside, Acaldo says the weather could impact the turnout.
“I would hope that we get that many this year…. you know, if somebody is out there and they’re in need, we really want people to get the word out,” said Acaldo.
He also says people should not be embarrassed about sourcing food from a shelter, as many people are struggling this year.
“When we go to the grocery stores… we may be blessed with the ability to buy some food, but we may not be buying what we bought a year or two years ago because of the cost,” said Acaldo.
One grandmother says as a senior citizen, having local resources in the community makes a world of difference.
“I have grandchildren, and at my age it’s a blessing. And I finished in social services so it’s definitely a blessing,” said, Joan Pillot, a resident of Baton Rouge.
Sunday will mark a very special day at St. Vincent de Paul, where community guests will receive a Christmas meal and gifts from 11:30 a.m until 1 p.m.
“Christmas is a time of celebration and it’s about gift-giving,” said Acaldo.
If your family missed the drive-thru food pick up, you can contact the Salvation Army for additional resources.
Those who want to help should also note that the Baton Rouge location is in need of food, clothing, and monetary donations.
In view of the approaching freezing temperatures that are expected to arrive Thursday night, St. Vincent De Paul says it has double the amount of beds in its shelter this weekend, where doors open to those in need at 4 p.m.
The organization also collects donations and serves meals throughout the year.