Second Harvest warehouse serves 240 food banks in 23 parishes, and so many people face food shortages the agency struggles to keep adequate supplies. But the worst season is summer.
"Kids are out of school, and those summer breakfasts and lunches that they were depending on all year long are no longer there, so we have a big problem, and here in Louisiana, a particularly large problem of children going hungry in the summer," said Second Harvest Executive Director Natalie Jayroe.
Saturday marks the 22nd annual postal food drive. It is the largest drive to benefit Second Harvestm, and they say this year, they need your help more than ever."
Letter carriers ask Orleans and Jefferson residents to leave donations of non-perishable food next to their mail boxes on Saturday, and they'll deliver it to Second Harvest. Last year they collected over 230,000 pounds of food.
"We have a tremendous fod shortage," said Jayroe. "We rely on this food drive to make up that difference, and the food that comes in is healthy, nutritious. It's the cans of soup, and stew, and tuna, and peanut butter, and rice, things like that."
It goes to agencies like the St. Jude Community Center, which serves hot meals to hundreds, and operates an emergency food pantry.
"We get 95 percent of our food from Second Harvest, so if they can't get any donations of food, then we won't have any, and of course, it is just like the domino effect, from there it goes downhill," said St. Jude's Glenn Turner.
"It could make a difference to someone's health, it could make a difference to a child's ability to learn, it could make a difference to a wotrking family," concluded Jayroe. "It's peace of mind. It's the right thing to do."