Governor Edwards Makes Request for Food Bank Donations During COVID-19 Shortages

During today’s daily press conference, Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards responded to a Shreveport resident’s question inquiring as to whether there was any way to volunteer directly to  help stop the spread of COVID-19. Besides the requests to stay at home, social distance, practice good hygiene and wear a mask when going out in public per CDC recommendation, Governor Edwards asked residents to consider making a donation to local food banks. Across the country, food banks are heavily suffering from a decrease in donations and a surge in food requests. They often rely on grocery store excess and community support. However, as we have seen across the country, store shelves are being wiped clear. The current crisis has caused people who would not normally frequent a food bank to access them for the first time. Food banks have been unprepared for the demand. In places like San Diego and San Antonio, pictures have surged in the media showing rows of endless cars waiting for boxes to help feed their families. In a place such as Louisiana, which has experienced one of the highest rates of cases in the country and is also home to extensive poverty and food scarcity as a whole, this pressure on food banks comes as no surprise.

Food banks in the state have shifted to limiting person-to-person contact through no-touch distributions in an effort to encourage social distancing. Individuals who would like to donate are encouraged to make monetary donations in order to minimize contact. However, Feeding Louisiana is also experiencing a shortage of volunteers and is requesting the help of healthy individuals who show no symptoms. For those who feel well, in-person help is needed at the Food Bank of Central Louisiana (Alexandria), Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (Baton Rouge), Second Harvest Food Bank (New Orleans), Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana (Shreveport) and Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana (Monroe). These are only five of 194 food banks in the state. It is likely that other locations are experiencing similar struggles.

“A little bit of money really goes a long way in our food banks and being able to feed people. Obviously nutrition is important all the time. It’s certainly important now. We want people to be as healthy as possible and have strong immune systems.” Governor Edwards claims that $1 goes so far as to feed four people.

If you are able to donate to help decrease food shortage in Louisiana during this pandemic, please click here: If you yourself are experiencing food shortage, you can visit to find a food bank near you or dial 211 to locate emergency food assistance. 

The Louisiana Department of Education has also made a map of participating meal sites where students have access to food during school closures. That can be found here: Here you can find specific information for New Orleans public school sites:


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