What is a Food Bank?
A nonprofit organization which solicits, procures, inventories, and warehouses donated food and other products. This food is then distributed to a variety of community agencies such as pantries, meal sites, homes, shelters, and soup kitchens which serve the people in need.
Where is the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank?
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is located at 10600 S. Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815.
What is the mailing address for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank?
P.O. Box 45830 Baton Rouge, LA 70895-4830.
What are the hours of Food Bank?
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – noon
What is Feeding America?
Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest, is a network of food banks across the United States. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and follows its rules and regulations.
What is the Food Bank's service area?
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank services 11 parishes in Louisiana: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
What is a service area?
A service area is a geographical region to which a food bank provides food. In the case of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, our service area is 11 parishes (or counties). Your donations go directly to support those facing hunger in this service area.
What is a member agency?
Member agencies are the links between the Food Bank and the hungry people we feed. A food bank serves as a collection, warehouse and distribution center. We procure, purchase, sort and distribute the food to our agencies (churches, meal sites, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, emergency services, etc.). Agencies interact directly with those in need to ensure they receive the necessary support.
How does an organization become a member agency?
To become a member agency, an organization must be a nonprofit with an established meal or distribution program. All applicable member agencies must fill out a Member Agency application and be approved by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s Board of Directors.
How to receive assistance:
How can I get help for me or a friend?
Call our office at 225-359-9940 to receive more information on qualifying food assistance.
How can I get help if your office is closed?
If you’re in need of help outside of our regular business hours, you can contact Capital Area United Way by dialing 211. 211 is a free, confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Visit www.cauw.org/211 to search the Capital Area United Way public resource directory or text your zip code to 898-211.
How to get involved:
- How can I help the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank?
- How do I sponsor an event?
What is needed more: food or money?
Both are equally needed. The Food Bank strictly relies on donations of funds, time and food. Just $1 can provide up to 3 meals. Donating food to the Food Bank will directly benefit a family we serve throughout our 11-parish service area.
How do I donate funds to the Food Bank?
You can donate online by visiting our home page and clicking “Donate $” button. The “Donate Online” option will be located in the sidebar menu on the left side of the page. You can also call 225-359-9940 or send a check to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
How do I donate food to the Food Bank?
Food can be dropped off in the brown Food Bank collection boxes at local grocery stores or you can call the Food Bank to arrange a pick up or drop off. For more information, please visit our food donation page.
How do I host a food drive?
Hosting a food drive is easy. Simply fill out the online Food Drive Registration Form. You can use your own container or a Food Bank collection box. You must register your food drive to receive a Food Bank collection box.
What kind of food can I donate?
Almost anything that you find in your pantry can be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
What food items are needed most?
Nonperishable food items like canned vegetables, canned soups, dried beans, canned meats, rice, pasta, peanut butter, flour, corn meal, etc. are all great examples of food that can be donated. Visit our Food Drive page for tips on items we need and theme ideas for your donation.
- How do I volunteer?
Do I need to register in advance to volunteer?
Yes. Please click here to register.
How do I create a team?
Step 1: The team captain must create a profile. Log into your account.
Step 2: Hover the mouse over “Volunteers”, then hover over “My Account” and click on “My Teams.”
Step 3: Click “Create New Team”
Step 4: The Team Captain will complete fields for basic team information and fill in team member names, email addresses, telephone numbers and ages. Click “Create Team” after entering all the information.
Step 5: Inform each team member that they must sign a waiver if they did not create their own account. The waiver can be found here: Volunteer Waiver – Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (brfoodbank.org) . We no longer accept paper waivers. Please do not print the waiver.
How do I sign up as a group?
Step 1: Team Captain must log into their account.
Step 2: Visit the Opportunity Calendar and confirm there are spots remaining to accommodate the entire team before attempting to sign up.
Step 3: Click on the opportunity and then click “Sign up with a Team”
Step 4: The list of team members will load. Click on each person that will be volunteering for the shift selected. Be sure to keep the Team Captain checked even though the person may not be attending or assign another Team Captain before signing up for the shift.
Step 5: Remind team members to complete the waiver prior to the shift.
How do I change the Team Participants for group registrations?
How to change Team Participants for group registrations:
Step 1: Team Captain must log into their account
Step 2: Locate the Upcoming Opportunity
Step 3: Click on “Participants”
Step 4: To add participants, click the box next to the team member’s name. To remove the team member from the opportunity, unclick the box next to the team member’s name.
How do I remove myself from a volunteer opportunity?
Step 1: Log into your account
Step 2: Locate the Upcoming Shift you are removing your registration
Step 3: Click on “Remove Me”
What do volunteers do at the Food Bank?
Volunteers can help with many different tasks, including sorting donated food items, working in the warehouse, assisting with administrative efforts and more. Visit our volunteer page for more information.
What should I wear to volunteer?
Closed-toe shoes are MANDATORY, preferably sneakers. Loose comfortable clothing is also suggested (our warehouse is not climate controlled; therefore, be mindful of the weather conditions).
Is there an age limit on who can volunteer?
All youth volunteers must return a completed and signed permission slip prior to their first volunteer shift. A permission slip should be updated by the parent/guardian once per year.
Warehouse Activities: minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old or 10-13 years old may volunteer if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.
Mobile Distributions: minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old.
Vince Ferachi Community Garden: minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old.
Children younger than 10 years old are allowed to volunteer in the warehouse on Family Night. With special permission and appropriate chaperones, children younger than 10 are permitted to tour the warehouse or assist with certain off-site special events/projects such as gleanings, food collections, etc.
Can I volunteer for court-ordered and pre-trial/diversion community service hours?
For court-ordered and pre-trial/diversion community service, please call the Food bank before volunteering for verification at 225-359-9940. Be sure to bring court papers and your ID to your volunteer shift.