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 our board member and past Chairman of the Board, Rowdy Gaudet.

Q: What is something that most people would not know about you?

A. Rowdy is my real name, and it comes from an old Clint Eastwood character, Rowdy Yates, on a show called Rawhide that ran in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A. I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with my 4 children

Q: What has surprised you most about your experience of serving on the Board?

A.Twice since I’ve been on the board, I have mentioned through conversation to people about serving on the Food Bank board and those people expressed to me that they had utilized the Food Bank to get through a rough patch in their lives. In both instances, these were individuals who work and are raising a family. They both told me that because they were supported during their time of need, they now give back to the Food Bank as a sign of appreciation.

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

A. 2016 was the year I was blessed to have served as President of the Board, and also the year of the flood in our region. The resilience of the Food Bank staff, the continuance of the mission immediately following the flood in spite of a flooded facility, and the support of the community for this organization is something I’ve been very proud of as a member of this board.