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Ashley and Brandon center, among Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee staff.

When recent flooding hit Southern Louisiana, life-long residents of Baton Rouge, Ashley and Brandon lost everything they had. With seven children between the ages of 10 months and 10 years old, their lives were drastically impacted. On Friday, August 15, Ashley was running errands and preparing to send her children back to school on Monday.

As she returned home and into her neighborhood, she discovered the streets flooded and she realized she and their family needed to leave. “My only concern was for my family,” Ashley said. They were able to get out safely, but now Ashley, Brandon and their seven children are staying in a hotel room.

Throughout this whole experience, Ashley and Brandon have stayed positive and believe that “God does everything for a reason.” She said, “With everything going on in Baton Rouge lately, I believe he did this to bring everyone back together.”

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s mission is to feed the hungry, and with the help of generous donors, we were able to help Ashley and Brandon and their family, as well as so many others like them. Our staff at the Food Bank was truly grateful for the opportunity to give them food, pray with them, and listen to their story. Seeing and talking to the people we are able to help through donations, help to remind us why we do what we do at the Food Bank.