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 also learn how we are working to better serve those in need. We recently sat down with board member Dane Babin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Investar Bank.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: Golf, wood working, running and spending time with my family.

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

A: I enjoy working on old (what I consider classic) cars.  I recently drove to Arkansas to get a 1996 Ford Bronco to restore.

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

A: I was looking for a nonprofit to donate my time to and a good friend who was on the board suggested I join.  She had told me about the feeling she had felt knowing her time and opinions would help ensure people in need would get food.  I liked the way that feeling sounded.

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

A: It is our duty as Christians to help those in need however we can.  Many people struggle to put enough on their plates to feed themselves and their children.  The Food Bank allows them to focus less on where their next meal is coming from and more on how to overcome the remaining obstacles in their lives.

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

A: I’m proudest every time I see the amount of pounds of food or funds to buy food a drive or event has raised to support the Food Bank. It was also amazing to see the community help the Food Bank after the flood damage in 2016.  When you see a community reach out and hold you in their arms, that’s when you know you are doing good work.  Overcoming that disaster and still feeding the community was a great moment for the Food Bank, one the employees should be especially proud of.

Q: What can the community do to fight hunger?

A: Donate, Donate and Donate – all year long, not just during the holidays.