Second Harvest Food Bank receives record donation

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 5:40 PM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Each year Second Harvest Food Bank distributes more than 20 million meals to individuals and families across 23 parishes.

Monday, the food bank received its most generous donation yet, and it finished distributing a record 300,000 pounds of food in just one day.

Thirteen refrigerated trailers hold the single largest donation the Second Harvest Food Bank has ever received.

The PMA Food Summit Convention donated 300,000 pounds of food, everything from fresh produce to can foods.

Volunteers are working hard to unload and distribute that food to 100 partner agencies across Louisiana that are coming to pick up the food for various programs to help feed families in need.

“This means a lot,” said Jay Vise, the Second Harvest Food Bank communications specialist. “This was one of the biggest food conventions in the country, and they were gracious enough to let come in as soon as they were finished and pick all this stuff. It is just an amazing amount of food, an amazing variety of food. Everything from can foods to fresh produce and everything in between.”

Hundreds of volunteers spent the night loading these trucks, and now they're back out here and they have been working all day to distribute the food. It’s a massive effort to help our families in need.

Because of the historic amount donated, Second Harvest is helping distribute the produce to food banks in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

 

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