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Sep 23, 2013 11:55 AM by katc

FoodNet in Urgent Need of Food Donations

FoodNet-The Greater Acadiana Food Bank is in urgent need for non-perishable food donations at its warehouse located at 217 Surrey Street in Lafayette. FoodNet serves approximately 29,000 food insecure persons in Lafayette Parish annually. All clients are first pre-screened and referred to a FoodNet pantry through 232-HELP.

Lemel Jones, FoodNet's Executive Director states that "FoodNet experiences fewer donations from June - October due to the school summer break and because people are genuinely trying to make ends meet within their own families".

FoodNet's clients include seniors, veterans, low income households, and persons with disabilities. The FoodNet Distribution Center that opened in March of this year is allowing FoodNet to assess need in Lafayette Parish. "Many of the clients truly need supplemental food assistance but," according to Jones, "we are also finding that some are in need of other services more than food." FoodNet has been able to refer those clients to other programs in the community. "Yet, it seems as if for every person redirected to another service three new clients who do need food come in to replace them," Jones explains. "It is a never ending fight to get food to those in need but we won't give up and we know this compassionate and generous community supports FoodNet's efforts."

The URGENT need for donation is underscored by the fact that next major food drive is not until
November 5th , the Rotary Election Day Food Drive. Inventory is now near depletion and FoodNet has had to pack less food per bag for the FoodNet affiliated distribution pantries at Progressive Baptist Church and United Christian Outreach., as well as the FoodNet Distributon Center.

To donate please contact Le"Mel" Jones at foodnet@brcoxmail.com

 

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