The raindrops second harvest food bank of greater new orleans & acadiana-2550
Citrus Gleaning – November 16, 2013
Raindrops & Second Harvest Food Bank
On Saturday, November 16th, we volunteered to help Second Harvest
Food Bank pick fruit at a local citrus farm in Plaquemines Parish. This
is the second year our group has volunteered at the gleaning.
The Buford Family contacted Second Harvest and generously donated
the leftover fresh fruit available to help families in need.
However, without the help of volunteers this task would not be
Second Harvest Food Bank depends on thousands of volunteers every
day to carry out its mission of “leading the fight against hunger” by
sorting/packing donated food and preparing hot meals for Kids Cafe
program by the community.
Fighting hunger in the community is a large task for one organization
or person to do - the key is to work together as a community or a
We signed in, got instructions on
what to do and got started working.
First, we built some boxes for the
fruit we were about to collect.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is
progress; working together is success.” ~Henry Ford
“Love is a fruit in season at all
times, and within reach of every
hand.” ~Mother Teresa
Our team of six worked 5 hours and helped pick
over 25,000 pounds of fresh fruit for families who
might not be able to provide fresh produce to their
families or have enough food to feed their family.
“If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
Second Harvest Food Bank of
Greater New Orleans & Acadiana is
leading the fight against hunger in
south Louisiana through food
distribution, advocacy, education
and disaster response.
1 in 5 children in Louisiana are at risk for hunger.
1 in 6 households in Louisiana is struggling with hunger – meaning one of your
friends, family members or neighbors is food insecure.
Second Harvest Food Bank serves approximately 263,000 different individuals annually
across 23 south Louisiana parishes including 82,000 children and 40,000 seniors.
Second Harvest Food Bank serves families from Lake Charles to the Louisiana/Mississippi
state line through 253 faith-based and nonprofit organizations.
Last year, 19 million pounds of food was distributed in south Louisiana.
“We shall never know all the good
that a simple smile can do.”