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Aug 29, 2013 3:58 PM by AP

Second Harvest Food Bank Statement on the Anniversary of Katrina

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana remembers the millions of people of south Louisiana who suffered hunger and hardship as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (and more recently, Isaac). Because of the incredible leadership and allegiance of our board of directors and staff, and the generosity of so many people around the country, Second Harvest was able to operate the largest food bank in history in the critical months and years following the devastation of eight years ago.

Since then, they have applied the lessons learned from that terrible yet inspiring time to help build a stronger, healthier, more resilient community. Second Harvest has provided the equivalent of more than 165,000,000 million meals since late August 2005. We are currently renovating a facility that will serve as a far-reaching food and nutrition center for the entirety of south Louisiana. Second Harvest is collaborating across economic sectors, public and private, to improve food security, strengthen food systems and improve the lives of every citizen who makes their home in our unique and wonderful region. Just today, generators go up at our facility, which will allow them to respond even more effectively to emergencies in the future.

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