How a Chance Encounter with a Food Pantry Changed Life’s Path

In everyone’s life, there are crossroads. Moments in time where we decide to choose the road less traveled, not knowing where that journey may take us. In that moment, the decision may seem rather insignificant, but over time we come to realize that it may have perhaps changed our lives... Read How a Chance Encounter with a Food Pantry Changed Life’s Path's Story

HOPE Ministries Providing More Than Just Food for Families

With summer break now coming to an end, many children will be returning to school. And for families struggling with food insecurity, it couldn’t come soon enough. Summer means higher food costs for families because kids can't access meals while not in school. Despite the challenges the summer brings, one... Read HOPE Ministries Providing More Than Just Food for Families's Story

The Way of the Shepherd | Nourishing Those In Need

Shepherd’s Market, as its name suggests, provides food to those in need and follows the three responsibilities of the Shepherd: lead by offering guidance, make sure those under its care are fed, nourished, and nurtured, and tend to those who need to be restored to fullness of health. The shepherd’s... Read The Way of the Shepherd | Nourishing Those In Need's Story

Mary’s House of Bread Providing Hope to North Baton Rouge

  In the community of North Baton Rouge, sits a unique kind of house that has been helping those less fortunate for over two decades. It’s not a traditional family home, but rather a home where hundreds of families come for food, clothing, and most of all - hope. Mary’s... Read Mary’s House of Bread Providing Hope to North Baton Rouge's Story

A New Spirit Changing Hearts in Baton Rouge

Tucked away amongst the mighty oak trees along Sharp Road in Baton Rouge, sits The New Ruach Church. Its purpose is in its name: “Ruach”. A Hebrew word directly from Ezekiel that can mean “spirit”, “wind”, or “breath”. In these verses, God tells Ezekiel that he is going to give... Read A New Spirit Changing Hearts in Baton Rouge's Story

Serving With A Purpose

Tucked away in the city of Baton Rouge stands the Datta Temple. Established in 1997 under the guidance of Sri Ganapathi Sachchidanda Swamiji, it is fully staffed by a full-time priest who is trained in the ancient ways of Hinduism as it is practiced in India. The temple was the... Read Serving With A Purpose's Story

A Bright Star Shines The Way In Assumption Parish

    The Bright Morning Star Church’s food pantry lives up to its name by acting as a guiding light for many food-insecure residents in Assumption Parish. Inside the pantry, however, holds its own star: the pantry’s director, Gwendolyn Hadrick. Since the pantry’s creation in 2019, Gwendolyn’s effervescent energy has... Read A Bright Star Shines The Way In Assumption Parish's Story

Hope Builders: Leading the Way for Volunteers

Behind the scenes at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a group of 18 incredibly special volunteers who assist nearly 11,000 other volunteers throughout each year. Each of these volunteers averages over 1,000 hours annually in our warehouse sorting and repacking food which we then distribute to more than... Read Hope Builders: Leading the Way for Volunteers's Story

On the Front Lines of Hunger: Hebron Baptist Church

Within what has long been called the 7th Ward community in Livingston Parish sits Hebron Baptist Church, established more than 180 years ago to minister to the local community. From the very beginning, the church has been about serving the spiritual and physical needs of the community, and that call... Read On the Front Lines of Hunger: Hebron Baptist Church's Story

Facing Hunger at a Time of Higher Food and Gas Prices

Giving back in whatever way you can is a powerful thing. For Tandy Bennett, it has been a motto she has always tried to live by. A resident of Chinquapin, LA, Tandy began volunteering at the Head of Island Food Pantry over 20 years ago following the passing of her... Read Facing Hunger at a Time of Higher Food and Gas Prices's Story