Isaac depleted food banks throughout Louisiana
The American Red Cross and food banks in Louisiana are seeking donations to help replenish the food supplies and other resources they have been providing throughout Southeast Louisiana to people and communities hit by Hurricane Isaac, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The Red Cross, which partners with food banks and other relief organizations, also is seeking donations. Red Cross volunteers will be taking donations Saturday at the LSU football game. Gifts also can be made at www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Checks may be made out to American Red Cross.
“LSU fans stepped up with other SEC schools last year when tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and elsewhere, donating more than $8,000 at a baseball game,” said Bobbi Zaunbrecher, chapter executive of the Red Cross in South Louisiana. “We’re hopeful our generous football fans will top that figure for our neighbors affected by Isaac.”
While FEMA is working with food banks to meet their urgent needs, the food banks are running low and are seeking cash donations, according to the news release, food and volunteer assistance to sustain their massive hurricane relief effort. Through Wednesday, South Louisiana food banks had distributed 867,000 pounds of food since the onset of Isaac, most of it in response to the hurricane.
Louisiana’s food banks, especially in Southeast Louisiana, are asking for direct financial donations by contacting any of the food banks listed here:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
Food Bank Northeast Louisiana
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana