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Bank gives donation to local organizations feeding the community

Lafayette - Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana L to R - Grant Guillotte (HW)_Missy Bienvenu Andrade (Boys and Girls Club).jpeg
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Posted at 3:51 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 20:00:33-04

On Monday, $40,000 will be split among five local organizations feeding the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hancock Whitney Bank says they have pledged the investment in local organizations and charities as park of a initiative to give help the most vulnerable communities and neighborhoods in the south.

Five organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way of Acadiana, Catholic Charities of Acadiana, Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, and St. Theresa Center for the Works of Mercy were each presented a check by the bank.

"Our communities aren't just places; they're the people who make up the hearts of our hometowns," said Hancock Whitney President and CEO John M. Hairston. "Together with the people we serve, we at Hancock Whitney celebrate in times of joy and support each another in times of challenges. We have very deep roots in the region we serve, and we hope this support serves as a reminder of all the good in our communities and the opportunities we can create together."

Details on each donation is below:

Second Harvest Food Bank

$10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank will provide an estimated 40,000 meals with every $1 going towards four meals for a family in need. The organization leads the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response.

In total, $80,000 went to Second Harvest Food Bank spanning all of South Louisiana in New Orleans and Lafayette.

United Way of Acadiana

$10,000 to the United Way of Acadiana will provide additional support and resources to ensure those in need receive support. The organization works to unite people and organizations with passion, expertise, and resources to create more opportunities for a better life.

Catholic Charities of Acadiana

$10,000 to the Catholic Charities of Acadiana's Food Net Food Bank will support the seven-day staples project providing a seven-day supply of food for individuals who are currently experiencing food insecurity due to COVID19. It is estimated that this provides more than 6,000 emergency meals. The organization offers basic human services to individuals and families experiencing hunger, poverty, and homelessness in Acadiana.

Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana

$5,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana will provide meal distribution location and staffing costs, as well as marketing and communication support to inform those in need of food support. The organization's mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

St. Theresa Center for the Works of Mercy

$5,000 to St. Theresa Center for the Works of Mercy will provide a hot meal to an estimated 350 people once a week for six weeks.

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