SU Ag Center & College of Agricultural Family & Consumer Sciences Donated 560 Pounds of Food to The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
Baton Rouge, La – Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center, and the College of Agricultural Family & Consumer Sciences teamed to collect non-perishable food items during the holiday season. The community was challenged through social media from October 14 – November 18 to drop off donations to various collections points throughout the Southern University-Baton Rouge campus.
The demand for food pantries are surprisingly consistent through great economic growth, however; the COVID pandemic has increased the need. There are many Louisiana families who are still facing hardship after nearly nine months of not being able to work, or receive unemployment.
“This is the time of year to be thankful for all that you have family, friends, health, job, and food,” said Jaqueline Dixon, Special Assistant to the Chancellor-Dean at the SU Ag Center. It is also a great time to give back by supporting those who may not be as fortunate.”
The collaborative holiday food drive received 560 pounds of food, which is the equivalence of 467 meals. All donations were delivered to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank just in time for the holidays.
“It is our hope that this partnership between the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center, College of Agricultural, Family & Consumer Sciences and The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will be an annual event,” said Dixon.