Louisiana Food Bank In Need

May 27, 2009 by

The Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) has requested $18 million from the state of Louisiana to support the Louisiana Nutrition Assistance Program (LANIAP) — a model program that allows the five food banks of the Louisiana Food Bank Association to purchase nutritious foods from Louisiana farmers, fishermen, vendors and wholesalers to help feed hungry families, children and seniors across all 64 Louisiana parishes.

In fiscal years 2007 and 2008, the LFBA received $5 million in state funding to support the LANIAP program.  LFBA has had tremendous success administering the funds and providing more than 14.8 million meals to individuals in need through a statewide network of more than 431 organizations, the majority of which are faith-based.

The economic downturn, increasing cost of living, and the rising number of unemployed and underemployed in Louisiana are creating more and more demand for food assistance through food banks and emergency feeding organizations across Louisiana. On average the five food banks of the LFBA are experiencing a 26 percent increase in the number individuals and families in need of food statewide.

2009 funding for Louisiana Food Banks and the Louisiana Nutrition Assistance Program (LANIAP) currently rests with the Senate Finance Committee. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, please help the Louisiana Food Bank Association by calling, faxing or emailing members of the Senate Finance Committee with the following message:


I urge you to support an amendment to HB1 or the Supplemental Spending Bill that would provide funding, in full or in part, to support the Louisiana Food Bank Association’s LANIAP program that provides Louisiana food to Louisiana people.  The need is real, the situation is urgent, and it is the right thing to do.

Contact info for Louisiana Senate Finance Committee Members below the Jump:

Senator John A. Alario, Jr.
1063 Muller Parkway
Westwego, LA 70094
(504) 340-2221
(504) 341-0794 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Sharon Weston Broome
P. O. Box 52783
Baton Rouge, LA 70892
(225) 359-9352
(225) 359-9353 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Sherri Smith Cheek
9973 Mansfield Road
Keithville, LA 71047
(318) 687-4820
(318) 687-4077 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Jack Donahue
3840 Hwy. 22
Suite 200
Mandeville, LA 70471
(985) 727-7949
(985) 727-9904 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator “Nick” Gautreaux
209 E. St. Victor Street
Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 740-6425
(337) 740-6400 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Eric LaFleur
P.O. Box 617
Ville Platte, LA 70586
(337) 363-5019
(337) 337-6812 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Edwin R. Murray
1540 N. Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-0042
(504) 942-5968 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator John R. Smith
611-B South 5th Street
Leesville, LA 71446
(800) 259-2709 / (337) 238-2709
(337)238-6444 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Mike Walsworth
4007 White’s Ferry Rd
Suite A
West Monroe, LA 71291
(318) 396-5499
(318)396-0192 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Gerald Long (Interim Member)
P.O. Box 151
Winnfield, LA 71483
(318) 628-5799
(318) 628-6120 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Willie L. Mount (Interim Member)
P.O. Box 3004
Lake Charles, LA 70602
(337) 491-2016
(337) 433-8080 (fax)
[email protected]

Senator Francis Thompson (Interim Member)
P.O. Box 68
Delhi, LA 71232
(318) 878-9408
(318) 878-5650 (fax)
[email protected]

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