Louisiana's food banks look to government for financial assistance

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POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 9:26pm

Food banks across the state are always in need of support and now with the legislative session underway.

The Louisiana food bank association is asking the government to help feed the hungry in Louisiana.

Food banks across our state feed over 600,000 people a year and give out over 50 million pounds of food.

But that number is always going up, especially here in Baton Rouge. So the Louisiana Food Bank Association is asking the state for more money to help feed the hungry, 5 million dollars to be exact.

They say that money could change a lot here in the Capitol City for a lot of people.

Joey Drioun relies on the food bank to get through each day. He reaches out to St. Vincent De Paul for a helping hand.

"It's really deeply appreciated," said Joey Drioun.

Without that help he would be not only homeless, but in a constant state of hunger, like millions of other Americans today.

“Were seeing more people we have never seen before were seeing more of the working poor,” said Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank President, Mike Manning.

More and more people are using food banks across the nation, especially in Louisiana, that’s where the government comes in.

“It’s an evolving constant changing problem for us,” noted Manning.

The Louisiana Food Bank Association is asking for 5 million dollars to help people like Drouin get off the street.

The money would go right to Louisiana farmers. It would focus on food grown and produced right here.

“If we don't provide food to these people they are going to be in the healthcare system for other needs,” said Manning.

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