BR Food Bank Facing Tough Times

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

Baton Rouge is starting to feel some of the impact of the struggling economy. NBC 33’s Lauren Unger is tracking the toll these tighter times are taking on local food banks. It’s supposed to be a helping hand for those struggling in Baton Rouge, but now the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank could use some assistance as well.

The Food Bank says it’s seeing a greater need from many of the charities they supply. More people are seeking help in putting food on the table. The problem is, the Food Bank is also receiving fewer donations. Grocery stores, which usually supply a large amount of the food, are tightening their own belts and ordering less, which means less inventory to give away.

Mike Manning with Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank says, “We worry that we won’t be able to meet the need, but we’ll go out to the community for help, we’ll go to the state to get more lagniappe money.”

Experts say the problem really stems from having more homeless people in our area. The Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless reports a significant increase in people without a place to go.