Our sincere thanks to Letter Carrier Union Representative, Danny Hatchett and all of the area Letter Carriers that organized and worked the 2018 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in Shreveport. We are grateful for the Letter Carriers' help to the members of our community who are struggling with hunger. This year’s Stamp Out Hunger gathered 55,024 in pounds of food! Thank your Letter Carrier!
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The Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year, Empty Bowls, was held Thursday, June 7 at the ELDORADO Resort Casino Shreveport. This event could not take place without the generous support of our sponsors. The event raised enough funds to provide 354,000 meals for our community.
ELDORADO Resort Casino Shreveport
Enterprise Car Rental
Willis-Knighton Health System
Painted Bowl Sponsor:
Bank of Montgomery
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Soup Spoon Sponsors:
Air Force Sergeants Association
Barksdale Federal Credit Union
Moreman and Moore
Vickie and Paul Young
The Beason Family
Home Federal Bank
In Kind Sponsors:
Advance Awards and Gifts
Plum Nelly Flower Farm
Looking To Jesus Food Pantry - Oil City, Louisiana
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Dear Food Bank Friends,
Words can’t even begin to express my gratitude to you for the caring and support you have provided to our less fortunate neighbors. What you do is truly a blessing for the individuals and families we serve.
More and more people are turning to our doors for help. The children, veterans, seniors and others living on fixed incomes are struggling to keep up with the rising costs of everyday basic needs. And as the price of milk, bread, rice, cereals, pasta, eggs, meat, poultry and almost all other food items continue to rapidly increase, these people are finding themselves without money and without food at the end of the month—and some don’t even make it that far. It’s difficult to fathom what it must be like for even something as basic as food to be an unaffordable luxury. But that’s simply the case for so many within our community.
The Food Bank’s work to provide food for those in need has always been important; but now, and in the upcoming year, it will be more important than ever as we see an increased need for our services due increases in food and gas prices that challenge everyone. At the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana we are continually looking for ways to do more with less.
It is our faith and hope that everyone will join us in meeting this challenge. Thank you for our continued support.
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Host a food drive without leaving your home or office!
Our online virtual food drive lets you “shop” for nutritious food to donate to the Food Bank of Northwest without leaving the comfort of your home. And the best part? Your dollar goes further than a visit to the grocery store. For every $1 donated, we can provide $10 worth of food to the local community. Starting a virtual food drive is easy and fun. You can host one as an individual or company, or you can even spur some friendly competition by setting up teams to compete for the most meals raised. Easily invite friends, family and coworkers to join. Personalize your page with a company or organization logo. A goal thermometer even tracks your progress! Once your drive is set up, your participants will be able to browse our aisles, add items to a “shopping cart,” and “check out” by making your gift.
Bring your community together to make a difference in the lives of people in need. For more information please contact Meg Coleman at email@example.com or 318.675.2400 ext. 111.
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Use Your Social Media Powers For Good! Sign up to be a member of the Food Bank’s Social Media Ambassadors Program.
Social Media Ambassadors are an online community of Food Bank supporters who mix Food Bank messages into their post. In turn, your name and profile will be featured on our Social Media Ambassador Roster page. Any blog posts, tweets, videos and photos will be incorporated into the Food Bank’s social media and promotional materials.
The Social Media Ambassadors are critical to helping us expand our awareness of hunger and provide the vital relief that over 75,000 children, families, seniors need every day of the year. Show the world that you're a Hunger Hero! Join the Social Media Ambassadors Program today!
You can submit your registration request here: https://www.foodbanknla.org/communication.html
How does it work?
The Food Bank will provide an online resource center and monthly newswire email that contains information about our current activities, campaigns and news. Logos, brochures & important details will be outlined. SMA members can pick and choose what they’d like to help promote using their online communities: blogs, websites, Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook.
How often do you mention the Food Bank?
We ask SMA members to follow @foodbankofnwla on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and post about the Food Bank at least once per month (at least 12 times per year). A blog post, a few tweets, or Facebook mentions would be great. Videos and photos work well, too - and engaging your workplace, church or neighborhood is most valuable for us!
How do you qualify?
Social Media Ambassadors for the Food Bank must have at least online network that is public (not set to private) so that shared Food Bank content can be seen by everyone. This can be: a blog, YouTube page, Twitter account, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook page. Ambassadors should reside in our seven parish service area and believe in our mission. Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.
I am a Navy veteran. I was honorably discharged after serving my country for four years on several detachments and deployments. I loved my time in the Navy. Sure, it was hard work but I got to see the world and I was always taken care of. It wasn't until after I got out that my struggles really began.
I'm a single mom to two beautiful girls – Hailey is four and Hannah is six. My husband and I split up a few years ago and unfortunately I don't receive any support. I want to work hard and earn a living, but right now my daughters' school schedule doesn't allow it. Hailey is too young to attend school all day, and I can't afford the daycare I'd need to work full time. I do everything I can to make the most of the few hours she is in school – I clean homes, landscape lawns; anything to make a little money to keep the shelves stocked. But as you can imagine, it's not enough. There have been times when I didn't eat so my daughters could.
As a veteran, it's really tough to ask for help. The Navy taught me to be independent. I was ashamed to admit that I couldn't make it on my own. My daughters were the only reason I ended up asking for assistance. Their needs motivated me to put my pride aside and visit a nearby food pantry – served by the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. By giving us food, the pantry restored a sense of normalcy to our lives and gave us the strength and inspiration we needed to keep reaching for a better day.
I now know that a better day will be here soon. When Hailey is old enough to attend full-time kindergarten, I can work enough hours to make ends meet. I'm not sure I'd be as hopeful about the future without the Food Bank’s support. To me, the people there are angels, and I can't thank them enough for everything they've done.
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I can’t say it enough — THANK YOU! I’ve always believed that there is a tremendous amount of compassion and philanthropy in Northwest Louisiana, and the generosity during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has proven this several times over.
Together, we hit the ground running by providing over $275,000 in food, water, household items, cleaning supplies and pet food to our struggling neighbors in Southeast Texas. And we continue our work in Northwest Louisiana to help the 35,000 individuals that turn to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana each month.
Because friends like you care about the well-being of our community and the victims of nature’s disasters, the Food Bank is on task to distribute nearly 1,000,000 pounds of food, enough food for 765,000 meals each month.
Thank you for your generous the support of our community. Together we have continued to provide food to 150 non-profit organizations, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, church pantries, and schools. With even more people in our community needing our assistance, we hope we can count on your continued support.
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Once again, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana’s sound fiscal management practices, financial health, accountability and transparency have earned the highest rating from two leading charity evaluators—Guide Star and Charity Navigator. In recent publicized reports, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana earned the highest 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Only 16 rated charities in the state of Louisiana received the 4 Star Rating. The Food Bank is the only non-profit organization in Northwest Louisiana to achieve this award. This is the fourth year in a row that the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana has earned this top four star distinction.
Similarly, the Food Bank earned the highest rating of Platinum Level from Guide Star, world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The Food Bank is one of only nine organizations in the State to have the rating of Platinum level.
“It’s important our donors trust that we are using our funding wisely to accomplish the over-whelming task of trying to stabilize the lives of those facing hunger issues in northwest Louisiana,” said Martha Marak, Executive Director. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary responsibilities very seriously.”
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After Hurricane Harvey made landfall and dropped more than 40 inches of rain, thousands of people in southeast Texas and Houston have been displaced.
One of the many services the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana provides is disaster aid during difficult times. Disaster response has been a core part of our mission for 20 years. The Food Bank has a history of supporting sister food banks many times in the past following disasters.
Whether a local flood, or when the rains flooded Baton Rouge in 2016, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana responded with food and household items.
Responding to the disaster of Hurricane Harvey was no different. Thanks to our local partners--Brookshire’s, Super 1, Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Ivan Smith Furniture, First Baptist Church School, Horseshoe Casino, Minden Chamber of Commerce, Specialist Health System, and Saia Transportation--we have already sent three 53 trucks filled with 66 pallets of water, 22 pallets of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) and assorted foods, cleaning supplies, blankets and pet food valued at $208,800 to the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont.
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Host a bowl painting event to benefit the Food Bank’s Empty Bowl Event. Bowls are only $20.00 each. Bowls, glazes, and supplies will be provided for your event. Contact Meg at 318.675.2400 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your event at your location.
Our goal is to have 400 hand painted ceramic bowls completed for our Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness and fund raising event in June 2018. Guests at the Empty Bowls event choose a bowl as their “Thank You” and as a reminder of the empty bowls that need to be filled in our community.
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