West Baton Rouge residents, businesses donate more than 600 meals to Anacoco community following Hurricane Laura


Courtesy of The West Side Journal.

BATON ROUGE, La. (THEWESTSIDEJOURNAL)- Casey Johnson, Head Baseball Coach of Anacoco High School, posted a request for ham and bread on Facebook to provide for people in his community, many of whom were without power for nearly two weeks following Hurricane Laura. His friends in West Baton Rouge vowed to do him one even better and immediately began gathering supplies and planning a trip.

WBR Parks and Recreation Director Anatole Vincent, Jimmy Dunn, Burke Fiscus and Brusly High School Head Baseball Coach Mike Forbes gathered donations from local businesses and citizens then hit the road.

The four began the three-hour drive to Annacoco at 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 to set up shop at Anacoco High School to serve more than 600 jambalaya plates to anyone in need.

As people arrived at the drive-thru, they were greeted by students and other volunteers who passed out hot meals, bags of groceries, bottled water and ice.

Vincent said none of it would have been possible without the generous support of West Baton Rouge businesses. Andre’s Crackling stand, Benoit’s Country Meat block, Bergeron’s cajun Meats, Bennedettos and Hubbens Supermarket, Couyons BBQ and West Baton Rouge residents donated funds and goods for the distribution site. Donations also came in from Mud bugs and Market Basket in neighboring Leesville.

“It was nice to see our community step up and help another community that’s a lot like ours,” Vincent said.


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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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