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Food Bank of NWLA celebrates 25 years of service and sprawling new facility

“It’s a very exciting time.”
The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is officially into its new, massive 64 thousand...
The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is officially into its new, massive 64 thousand square-foot facility on Mount Zion Road in south Shreveport.(Christian Piekos)
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 6:09 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Since April 17, 1997, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana has left an indelible mark on northwest Louisiana.

On the morning of Thursday, April 28, both the food bank and community leaders will gather to commemorate 25 years of service, plus the grand opening of its new facility on Mount Zion Road.

The colossal, 64-thousand square-foot complex offers plenty of space for storing nutritious foods.

“It’s hard to believe, really we couldn’t be in this building without the generosity of the community because it was all through donations and grants and charitable giving that this building happened,” said Martha Marak, executive director of the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. “It’s a very exciting time.”

The food bank serves tens of thousands annually across seven parishes. Foodbank trucks deliver food as far south as Red River Parish and as far east as Bienville Parish.

“The work of the food bank is very humbling,” said Marak. “Most of us are fortunate to go home and have dinner, but for many of our neighbors that just doesn’t happen.”

According to Marak, just last year, 15 million pounds of food worth $20 million was delivered to families in need. 150 different community organizations, churches and groups partner with the food bank to help meet the need.

“People definitely have a compassion and want to join the food bank in our fight to end hunger in northwest Louisiana,” she added.

As Marak looks onto the future, she’s eager to see what’s in store for the food bank over the next 25 years.

“We feel like this will be the home of the food bank for the next 25 years, plus.”

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