Charity of the week
Days of record-breaking rainfall in August brought catastrophic flooding to Baton Rouge and other areas of southern Louisiana. At least 60,000 homes and thousands of businesses have been damaged. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (brfoodbank.org) has provided assistance to tens of thousands of needy residents in an 11-parish area for more than 30 years; in 2015 alone, the organization distributed nearly 9 million meals. As a result of the flooding, the food bank’s warehouse took on 4 feet of water, ruining 500,000 pounds of food. The organization is currently accepting nonperishable food items, such as canned and boxed goods, as well as monetary donations online in order to help refurbish the warehouse and continue to provide meals to local residents displaced by the flooding .
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