Hurricane Ida has caused catastrophic damage across the Southeastern Louisiana coast, leaving thousands of families without food, water, and shelter. On top of the already unprecedented need for emergency food assistance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Ida has left thousands more families in Louisiana struggling to keep food on the table. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is working around the clock to serve our 11-parishes and the families affected by Hurricane Ida. Although the need for immediate assistance is immense, we are committed to supporting affected communities throughout the long recovery ahead.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Funds are one of the best ways to help the Food Bank achieve our mission to feed those in need due to Hurricane Ida.  The Food Bank has the ability to purchase products in bulk at low costs which allows a single donated dollar to go much further than the average dollar. Additionally, you can help feed 2x as many neighbors facing hunger now through September 30th!

Inspired by Hunger Action Month, Home Bank has provided a $10,000 Matching Gift opportunity to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Every dollar you give to the link below doubles in value. This opportunity to “double” your generosity will help us serve our neighbors experiencing food insecurity, especially those hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. You can double your donation here.

For any questions regarding donating funds, please contact Janet, VP of Development and Philanthropy, at 225-359-9940 or janet@brfoodbank.org.

Certain food and supplies have been at a much higher demand during our disaster response efforts. Items that are ready to eat are highest priority as many of those we are serving do not have power.

Foods in demand include:

  • Water / sports drinks
  • Prepared meals (i.e. spaghetti o’s, canned vegetables, canned / packaged tuna)
  • Peanut butter
  • Individual snacks (i.e. chips, cookies, nuts / trail mix, protein bars)
  • Bread / crackers

Supplies in demand include:

  • Bleach and other cleaning supplies
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Trash bags

Items can be dropped off at the Food Bank (10600 S. Choctaw Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70815) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30 pm. Be sure to drive around to the back of the building and enter through the bright red door. For any questions regarding donating food or supplies, please contact Phoebe, Food Acquisitions Coordinator, at 225-359-9940 or phoebe@brfoodbank.org.

Time donations are invaluable as we continue disaster response. Volunteering in our sort and repack room is most needed right now to help pack disaster boxes. See steps to volunteer below.

  1. Click here to view the opportunity calendar.
  2. Review the calendar for the opportunities available that meet your schedule.
  3. Create a volunteer profile and schedule yourself for your shift!

Note: You must register in advance of your shift as our capacity limit is 50 volunteers. Walk-ins are not allowed.

For any questions regarding volunteering or to sign up as a group, please contact Amie, Volunteer Coordinator, at 225-359-9940 or amie@brfoodbank.org.

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance you can find a list of distributions being held in our 11-parishes here. Additionally, you can call the Food Bank at 225-359-9940 to be directed to an open agency near you.