In part of an ongoing series, we will be sharing thoughts and ideas on the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in a Q&A format so that you can get to know our board members better and learn how we are working to better serve those in need. We recently sat down with board member Jude Guerin, Partner at Apple Guerin Company.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: Running, playing tennis, watching my kid’s play sports, attending any LSU sports event.

Q: What’s one thing people may not know about you?

A: I’m a Tennessee Titans NFL football fan. I was born in Baton Rouge but grew up in Houston when the Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans) were the hometown football team. Unlike many Houstonians, I’ve supported them through their move to Tennessee. Geaux Titans!

Q: Why did you decide to join the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s Board?

A: A good friend of mine, Griff Martin, was on the Food Bank board and recommended it as a great cause and local non-profit. After attending my first meeting, I knew that this was an important cause that I wanted to be a part of. Like many, I was unaware of the tremendous amount of support that the Food Bank provides to our community and I was eager to be a part of the team.

Q: Why do you think the work of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is important to the community?

A: I believe everyone should join together to support all citizens, especially those who are experiencing tough times. This is essential for the growth of our community, but more importantly, it is the right thing to do.

Q: What excites you most about the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s future?

A: During my past 5 years on the board, I have not seen a leadership team and staff stronger and more committed than those individuals in place at this time. There are great projects and pilot programs ongoing that will accelerate the Food Bank towards it mission of feeding the hungry in the area.

Q: What can the community do to fight hunger?

A: This is an easy one. Get Involved. You can get involved by giving your time and/or money if possible. The Food Bank can provide 3 meals for every $1 contributed. The volunteers are those behind the scenes who help make the work of the food bank become a real meal for those in need.