Second Harvest Food Bank is an organization fighting hunger around the country. The Louisiana chapter, founded in the Greater New Orleans area in 1982, has grown to serve twenty-three parishes in southern Louisiana. Two months ago, Second Harvest opened its doors in Galliano to serve the community of Lafourche.
The Galliano Second Harvest Food Bank is located next to the Hope Center on Hwy. 308, once home to State Bank in Galliano. Families, consisting mostly of young children and the elderly, receive enough food each month to last three to four days, which helps to offset their own grocery budgets.
The facility consists of a large stock room and a cold room where freezers and refrigerators are located. It is immaculate and totally organized thanks to Bernice Kibadeaux, Tillie Breaux and Audrey Gaspard, three of the many dedicated volunteers who keep operations moving smoothly so that food can be distributed to families in need.
Once a month a truck filled with 2,000-6,000 pounds of food arrives. The volunteers organize the donations, which includes housing frozen and refrigerated items as well as non-perishable foods.
In order to receive these contributions, a family must meet the financial and residency requirements and show proof of income. Only after the appropriate paperwork is filled out and is approved can a family receive food donations. The amount of food each family receives is based on the number of people living in the household.
“It’s very rewarding to do this kind of work. I do this because He wants me to,” said Bernice, pointing to the sky.
The volunteers show a lot of heart and have gotten to know the eligible families by face and name. Irene Griffin, a ninety-two year old recipient, often shows up with a big smile while yelling her name out to organizers, sending volunteers and recipients alike into fits of laughter. Once she receives her rations, she is always heard bellowing in a thick Cajun accent, “Mais thanks, cher! See you next time.”
Galliano Second Harvest has also teamed up with their neighbors, The Hope Center, to collect other items for people of Lafourche who are in need. The two organizations collect clothing, hold spiritual gatherings, sponsor Women of Worth meetings, provide breakfast for pastors and collect gifts for Toys for Tots.
Organizers are always looking for donations, particularly refrigerators and freezers, as well as volunteers. The Hope Center / Galliano Second Harvest is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For more information, call 985-325-4673.
Posted on Fri, July 10, 2015
by Heather Chiasson Contributing Writer