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Youngsville firefighters, police officers distribute 1,000 meals to community

Posted at 2:29 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 23:11:22-04

The Youngsville Professional Firefighters Assocation and the Youngsville Police Officers Union on Saturday distributed 1,000 free plate lunches to individuals and families in need.

The lunch consisted of jambalaya, green beans, bread, and bottled water.

Youngsville Fire Department Lieutenant Lindy Bolgiano said that another local business helped inspire the event on Saturday.

"We followed Nidal [Balbeisi] with Agave, we thought what he did was very generous, so we thought we'd join and do the same thing," Lt. Bolgiano explained.

Long lines of vehicles gathered at the Youngsville Sports Complex, where the meals were handed out starting at 11:30 a.m. Firefighters, police officers, and union members from both associations handed out lunches, limiting four per vehicle so the organizers could feed as many families as possible.

Lt. Bolgiano said he believes there are a lot of families in the community who could use meals.

"One meal a day can help, that goes a long way per family," he added.

The community has been receptive and grateful for the assistance, and Lt. Bolgiano said the firefighters and police officers are "happy to give to the community that gives so much to us."

Lt. Bolgiano and the associations would like to thank Nunu's, Eaton Oil Tools, Youngsville Sports Complex, and Acadiana Bottling for helping make the event possible.

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