Lafayette donation site planned for May 16 food drive
LAFAYETTE, La. – An Entergy bucket truck will soon be used to provide a
completely different service for the community — fighting hunger.
On Wednesday, May 16, Entergy and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New
Orleans and Acadiana plan to "Fill the Bucket Truck with 2,000 Meals" to help
address the increased need for emergency food assistance during summer months
when children are out of school. Food items may be dropped off from 6 a.m. to 6
p.m. at the intersection of Bertrand Street and Congress Street, donors can
enter the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Field at the intersection
of Bertrand Street and Reinhardt Street.
"At Entergy, we estimate that as many as 25 percent of our residential
customers live in poverty, and one in every five children in Louisiana is at
risk for hunger," said Liz Duhon, customer service manager for Entergy Gulf
States Louisiana, L.L.C. "That's why we sponsor low-income initiatives that give
a helping hand to those in our communities who need it most.
"The food donations we collect help provide nutritious meals to thousands of
children who might otherwise go hungry in the summer months when schools are
closed," Duhon continued. "We hope we can count on the community's support and
generosity to make the 2012 food drive a great success."
Across Second Harvest Food Bank's 23-parish service area, which includes
southwest Louisiana, more than 245,000 — or 63 percent — of children in public
and charter schools rely on the federal free- and reduced-meal programs for
breakfast and lunch during the school year. However, in the summer months, only
13 percent of these children have access to a feeding program.
"We are extremely grateful to Entergy for their ongoing partnership in the
fight against hunger," said Natalie Jayroe, president and chief executive
officer of Second Harvest Food Bank. "The Entergy food drive comes at a critical
time to help stock the shelves and ensure that children and families have access
to the food they need during summer months."
Suggestions for donated items include peanut butter, soups and stews, canned
fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, chili, cereal, beans, juice, rice, pasta and
Businesses, schools and community organizations are being encouraged to
support the May 16 effort by organizing auxiliary food drives. The Second
Harvest website, located at no-hunger.org,
provides tips on how to plan successful food drives, in addition to information
about hunger programs, volunteer opportunities and making donations.
Entergy's Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers
through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern
Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation's electric system
serving 2.8 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the
fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution, education,
advocacy and disaster response. Annually, Second Harvest serves approximately
263,000 people through 240 nonprofit and faith-based agencies across 23 south
Louisiana parishes – from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. In any
given week, nearly 42,000 people access emergency food services through Second
Harvest Food Bank member agencies.