Food Bank Shares Thanksgiving Bounty With Thousands

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While most of us are looking forward to a major feed on Thanksgiving, tens of thousands in south Louisiana can’t afford to pay for the traditional feast.

So Second Harvest Food Bank has stepped in.  And they’re cooking up Thanksgiving dinner in a huge way, with 1750 hot dinners, all for senior citizens.

There are so many plates to be prepared that Second Harvest called for volunteers to help…and about 20 employees of People’s Health answered the call.  They spent Tuesday morning plating and and packaging the meals, all of which will be sent to about a dozen senior citizens’ centers in the metro area.

Louisiana has a higher-than-normal rate of seniors older than 60 at risk for hunger.  Nearly one in twelve over-60’s in the state struggle to put food on the table.

“That means tens of thousands of older folks are at risk for going hungry,” added Natalie Jayroe of Second Harvest.  “For many, that means choosing between food and medicine.  And lots of these seniors are also caring for grandchildren.”