Woodforest Charitable Foundation Donates $425 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

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HARAHAN, Louisiana (October, 2009) - Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana recently received a $425 contribution from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.  This donation will support the “Lagniappe Pack” backpack and Kids Café programs.

Each year, 35 million Americans are threatened by hunger, 13 million are children.  Second Harvest Food Bank helps eliminate childhood hunger through its “Lagniappe Pack” backpack and Kids Café programs.  The “Lagniappe Pack” backpack program addresses the needs of school children at chronic risk for hunger by providing backpacks of food for consumption during non-school times.  Backpacks are stocked with 10-12 nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare items from each of the food groups; they are distributed discreetly on Fridays or the last day before a school break.  There are 443 children at seven New Orleans schools currently receiving backpacks weekly and funding is being sought to expand this program to the 48 schools on a waiting list throughout south Louisiana.

Kids Cafe launched at its first post Katrina/Rita location in September 2007.  Kids Café responds to childhood hunger at the neighborhood level.  The program, conducted in collaboration with Xavier University, feeds a weekly average of 31 students a nutritious dinner meal as part of an after-school academic mentoring program.  Many community members and organizations, as well as parents, participate in making a long-term impact in children’s lives.  “On behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank and the many people we serve throughout the 23 southern parishes of Louisiana, I extend my thanks for your partnership in our mission of leading the fight against hunger,” said Amy Fuselier, Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.  “Your pledge allows us to help others by feeding hope through feeding hunger.”

Established in 1982, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana has a demonstrated track record of competence and sustainability.  Second Harvest Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response.
For more information about the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, please call (504) 734-1322 or visit the Food Bank’s website at

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