Food boxes destined for seniors in 23 parishes

In an effort to address hunger in southeast Louisiana, Peoples Health is sponsoring 400,000 food boxes in 23 southern Louisiana parishes, distributed by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Food for Families/Food for Seniors.

The Catholic Charities program provided 811,000 boxes of commodities in all 64 Louisiana parishes in 2012, approximately 97 percent of which were distributed to senior citizens.

“Unfortunately, hunger is a reality for tens of thousands of Louisiana seniors,” said Carol Solomon, chief executive officer of Peoples Health. “Peoples Health’s mission is to help foster healthy lifestyles for residents of southeast Louisiana, and that begins with nutrition.”

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Food for Families/Food for Seniors provides food boxes to seniors, pregnant women, post-partum mothers and infants in need. The program also educates clients about healthful eating by providing nutritional information, simple recipes and tips to stretch food dollars while maintaining a healthful diet.

Thanks to sponsorships, Catholic Charities is able to invest resources to improve the program and make its delivery of services more efficient, said Sr. Marjorie Hebert M.S.C., of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.