LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Not only have restaurants and grocery stores been affected by the food shortages across the nation, but food banks have as well. The Second Harvest Food Bank is facing many challenges ahead of this holiday season.
Natasha Curley, the communications director of the local food bank, said that they are working around the clock to ensure any person in need will have food on their tables this Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is less than 10 days away, and there are families who are still suffering from the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic and then when you factor in back-to-back hurricanes and natural disasters, the challenges for many families facing this going into this holiday season has only increased,” Curley said.
The month of November is the beginning of one of the busiest times of year for the food bank. Right now, they’re being faced with many challenges such as getting specific food items in their warehouses.
“One of the challenges right now that food banks in general but just people ... families are facing is the rise of food prices and the breakdown in the supply chain. And so, getting some of those holiday staples like turkeys into our food bank has been a challenge,” she said.
Second Harvest Food Bank is sure that they will be to supply families with a least one protein and many vegetables in their Thanksgiving boxes. Some items families can expect are green peas, sweet potatoes, and cornbread stuffing.
“We have seen people from all walks of life who come in just for the help for a meal that day or help for the week,” she said.
Although the food bank is certain that they will be able to meet the demand for food during the holiday season, they are in need of volunteers and donations.
“We need volunteers to help us pack and sort food to get it out as quickly as possible. We can definitely do a lot with $1 so $1 can help us provide for meals and food donations are always needed,” she said.
If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance this holiday season, the Second Harvest food bank recommends dialing 337-232-HELP to find a local food pantry near you.