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Hunger Action Month Wrap-up

Friday October 20, 2023

During the month of September, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank celebrated Hunger Action Month. Hunger Action Month is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness on the issue of hunger and to encourage others to take part in fighting it. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank participated in multiple events and conducted a successful financial donation match campaign from Kean Miller as part of this year’s Hunger Action Month.

Exxon Mobil Golf Tournament

On September 22, some of the Food Bank staff attended the ExxonMobil Golf Tournament to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and United Way. All the funds received were split and donated to both nonprofit organizations. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank received over $24,000 from the Golf Tournament.

LWCC Service Week

LWCC invited their employees and agent partners to take action with their company’s Louisiana Loyal Service Project. This is the third year that LWCC has had their service project, and this year, they expanded their reach by partnering with Second Harvest of New Orleans. By partnering with two food banks, the company was able to reach 34 parishes in South Louisiana. To kick off the project, LWCC donated $5,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to join in the fight against hunger.

109 employees from LWCC volunteered 386 hours over the course of several days. Volunteers filled backpacks of food for the Food Bank’s BackPack program. These backpacks will be distributed at participating schools in our 11-parish service area to children who experience food insecurity. LWCC and their participating agent partners donated 7,887 pounds of food collected from their food drives.

WAFB Fall Food Drive

During the month of September, WAFB, CBS’s local news station in Baton Rouge, and Essential Credit Union held their annual Fall Food Drive. On September 29, WAFB went live from the Hi Nabor grocery store on Jones Creek to encourage viewers and shoppers at the store to donate to the food drive. The donations totaled up to 1,630 pounds.

Overall Impact

This September was especially impactful due to Kean Miller, who generously matched financial donations made during Hunger Action Month to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. $61,943 was raised during this campaign which can help provide up to 185,829 meals. During Hunger Action Month, the Food Bank volunteers also donated 4,736 hours of their time.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Hunger Action Month. Every act, from volunteering, donating funds or food, or sharing social media posts, makes an impact in the fight against hunger. We appreciate all sponsors and companies who worked with the Food Bank to make this Hunger Action Month such a success.

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