NEW ORLEANS EAST (WGNO) – Nestled in a building on the Interstate 10 Service Rd in New Orleans East is an operation to feed people daily. It’s a lot of work, with a relatively small staff, but the mission is clear- to feed as many people everyday as they can, and they feed a lot of people.
Betty Thomas is Executive Director of The Food Pantry of New Orleans says they prepare “anywhere from 650 to 680 per day. That’s total meals we prepare, deliver and serve per day.”
The Food Pantry feeds anyone in need, and even distributes boxed goods to thousands of families in their registry, but it’s seniors, many of whom are in senior centers, get their only hot daily meal from The Food Pantry. It’s the greatest challenge for Thomas and her team.
“We have senior citizens that because of their fixed income, they’re having to make a choice between feeding themselves or their medicine, and that’s sad. We found out that from some of the management of these facilities that senior citizens were having to resort to pet food, and that is unacceptable,” says Thomas
No doubt, The Food Pantry does great work, but very little of this would be possible without the the generosity of Troy Duhon. He’s the owner of the Premiere Automotive Group, and he and his wife Tracy co-founded Giving Hope NOLA, a non-profit developed to help people. For Duhon, the absurdity of hunger in our city just didn’t make sense.
“Here we are, City of New Orleans, a city known on this planet for food, with hungry people… that ain’t good, So I’m just happy that I’m making a difference.”
So as we approach the season of giving, and the season of thanks, there’s no better Thanksgiving than helping others in our community that are less fortunate. For the Food Pantry of New Orleans, that’s everyday.
Says Thomas, “That’s where HOPE comes in, ‘Helping Other People Everyday’ is what we do.”
You can help by bidding on the incredible items in the online auction to benefit the Food Bank of New Orleans at www.givinghopeauction.com