Not directly. Food is collected and warehoused at GBR Food Bank, then distributed to the 115+ member agencies we serve throughout the area – organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. These member agencies receive the food from the Food Bank and give it to those in need.
Q: How can I get help?
During regular business hours, you can call us at (225) 359-9940 and our receptionist will be able to direct you to a member agency near you. If you’re in need of help outside of our regular business hours, you can contact Capital Area United Way by dialing 211 or (225) 932-2114.
Q: I’d like to volunteer with my family. Can children volunteer?
Once a month, we host a family volunteer night. These events usually take place on Tuesday evenings. Children aged 7-14 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit our volunteer calendar for more information! If you’d like to volunteer outside of our family nights, there is a minimum age requirement of 14 years old without a parent/guardian present and 10 years old with a parent/guardian.
Q: Are there weekend volunteer shifts available?
We are open on Saturdays from 8-12. These volunteer shifts fill up quickly, so make sure to book early! More information is available on our volunteer calendar at volunteer.brfoodbank.org/calendar.
Q: How can I organize a food drive with my organization?
Start by filling out a food drive registration form, located on our website at brfoodbank.org, or contact yvonne@ brfoodbank.org. Once your food drive is confirmed, decide on a drop-off location, set a collection goal and start spreading the word to motivate others to donate!
Q: Is it more helpful to donate funds or food?
The Food Bank accepts both food and monetary donations. While food donations provide a significant proportion of the Food Bank’s food supply, monetary donations are much appreciated as they enable the Food Bank to purchase food at wholesale prices.
Q: What is the best type of food to donate?
We are grateful for all food donations, as they go a long way in assisting our fight against hunger. While we accept many food items, some nonperishable foods are better than others. Canned vegetables and fruits, canned soup, dried or canned beans, canned meat, rice, pasta, and breakfast cereal are items always in demand.
Q: Does the Food Bank accept baby food and baby formula?
Yes! However, these items need to be within the “best by” date.
Q: Does the Food Bank accept pet food?
Yes! Many of the seniors we serve appreciate donations of dog and cat food.
Q: Does the Food Bank accept fresh produce?
Absolutely! If you have excess produce from your harvest, the Food Bank will gladly accept it.
One group of elementary students wanted to make a difference this holiday season by hosting a candygram fundraiser. This group was comprised of eight students from the Park Elementary School in Baton Rouge.