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Food bank grows to serve expanding need

Food bank grows to serve expanding need
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 5:26pm

The Greater Baton Rouge food bank is now housed in a bigger and better facility, the facility is now poised to be able to help even more hungry people in our area.

James Dorris has already helped feed 19 hungry people today.

“You feel like that you're making a difference and that feels good when you feel like you can make a difference in somebody's life. It makes it worthwhile for us that they are very appreciative,” explained Dorris.

He volunteers with the Southeast Ministries and explained that the needs in the community are even greater than he could ever have imagined.

“Until my wife started volunteering I didn't think about people that didn't have any food to eat. I just didn't think about that. These people have genuine needs. They’re not coming here because they don't need to. When people come here it's because they really need food," shared Dorris.

Southeast Ministries is just one of over 130 different food banks that helps feed the hungry in Baton Rouge. All of those food pantries rely on the greater Baton Rouge food bank for the food they need, and for the first time in close to two decades the larger facility will be able to keep up with the growing needs.

"It’s been one of those things that it's continuing to grow, we're continuing to see unemployment. We’re still seeing people coming out of school and not getting jobs because they're not educated properly. We really need to start attacking the problem," explained Mike Manning of the Greater Baton Rouge food bank.

Manning explained that now the food bank is poised to grow and fill the need for food that continues to grow.

"This facility has positioned us to serve a lot more people. It’s positioning us the opportunity to do a lot more re-packaging opportunities, things we just couldn't do in the other facility," said Manning.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank serves millions of pounds of food throughout 11 parishes.

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