Food pantry collects donations for holiday meals

Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry is ensuring local families have a meal for which they can be thankful

“This is the ninth year we have run our Feed A Family program,” said JLFP Executive Director Jessica Lewis. “I feel like the success of it really speaks to the generosity of those in our community that really care about the well being of their neighbors.”

Since the beginning, she said, JLFP has set pretty lofty goals and are just blown away every single year.

“This year our goal is to have 600 families sponsored for Thanksgiving and 600 for Christmas,” she said. “We are currently two weeks into the season and are already more than half way to our Thanksgiving goal, which is mind blowing.”

Currently, 310/600 families are covered. Sponsorships are the same as last year: $25 covers everything from the turkey or ham to the dessert and all of the fixings in between.

“We try our best to get everything as cheaply as we can, and because of that, we watch sales at local grocery stores and buy as much as we can afford at one time,” Lewis said.

Shopping and packing for the Thanksgiving distribution will begin November 1. To sponsor a family donors can mail a check made out to JLFP to 814 Constable Street, Minden, LA 71055. Donate through PayPal at joeleblancfoodbank@yahoo.com or through Venmo at @Joe-LeBlanc-22.

All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a tax receipt in January unless otherwise specified by the donor. The fundraiser will go through December 15.

“If we happen to go over our sponsorship goals, extra funds will be put into an account to fund our Summer Feeding program for local kids,” Lewis said.

Meals will be distributed on November 20 and December 18.

Volunteers are always needed for both packing and distribution. To get a group signed up to pack, Lewis can be reached on her cell at 318-465-6726 or at the office at 299-6375, or they can message JLFP’s Facebook page. To volunteer for distribution, those interested should show up at 814 Constable St by 8:45 a.m. on the above distribution dates.


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