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Helping hands pack boxes at NWLA food bank

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The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana got a helping hand Friday afternoon. Libbey Glass volunteers loaded up boxes of donations for the food bank to pass out to seniors in the area. "Not only in America but here in Louisiana, people are really suffering. And the food bank, the things that they do, the services that they provide, really helps the people have an outlet of getting food" Johnny Williamson, a volunteer, says.

Libbey Glass employee, Susan Evans, says that their volunteer hours are "more than just filling a box of food, its giving back to the community."  Libbey Glass spent their Friday afternoon boxing up donated food items for the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana to send to those in need.

"Currently in our area, 1 in 6 individuals currently are food insecure and when we talk about children that number goes to 1 in 5" Krystle Veauchamp, with The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, says.

 "We do a food drive every year so we collect can goods so we wanted to see what they do here" Evans says about why they chose to volunteer with the food bank.

The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana says they still need items like beans and tuna, food items that are rich in protein to add to the boxes to ship out to those in need in the area. "After we come off the holidays and we come into the spring and summer months, we kind of need to replenish our shelves and replenish our stocks" Veauchamp says. She says they also need cash:  "for every $1 that is donated to the food bank we are able to provide up to 10 pounds of food which is close to 8 or 9 meals."

Libbey Glass' volunteer hours are helping to feed thousands, and the food bank says anyone who wants to volunteer will be a big help. "When children don't have food they can't concentrate in school and their attendance goes down and when seniors don't have access to food they have to make those critical decisions between medicine and other things that they need" Veauchamp says. The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana says they feed 35,000 families a month.

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