SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – Food insecurity for families with children has increased in 2020, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture, as the coronavirus pandemic devastated the United States economy.
Almost 7.6 percent of households with children were unable to provide adequate and nutritious food for their children last year. That’s nearly 3 million families.
Many organizations support these families by donating food and other supplies. If you would like to help those struggling with food insecurity, you can donate or volunteer at any of the locations listed below.
Airline Drive Church of Christ (2125 Airline Drive) – The pantry is only open one Thursday per month. Call for hours and to apply (318) 746-2645. Canned and fresh food can be provided by church volunteers.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Providence House (1944 Airline Drive) – Free food, infant formula, boxes of groceries and more are offered regardless of religion. There may be soup, cereal, Ensuring for the elderly and other products. For hours, call (318) 746-2951.
The simple church (601 Benton Road, Suite 2) – The food bank and soup kitchen are open to the needy. There are also free Christmas meals served with small gifts for the kids (if available). Call for hours, (318) 752-2320.
Northwestern Louisiana Food Bank (2307 Texas Avenue) – Call (318) 675-2400 during hours.
Temple human services (361 E. 70th) – Call (318) 865-0163 for more information. The church operates a pantry as well as a clothes closet. Staff can also refer customers to other assistance programs, such as employment, public benefits, and cash assistance for their grocery needs.
Church of St. Matthew AME (1610 Murphy Street) – Call (318) 631-8345 for hours.
Awareness of the Church of the Faith (6708 Southern Avenue) – An emergency pantry is on site. Call (318) 861-9010 for hours.
Caddo Council on Aging Inc. (1700 Buckner Street # 240) – This non-profit organization caters to people aged 60 and over. Lunches and other meals will be served. In some cases, a box of groceries, including diabetic and other diet items, is distributed. Other services include Medicare apps, meals on wheels, etc. Call (318) 676-7900.
Central philadelphia (2020 Centenary Boulevard) – Call (318) 222-6633
Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission (901 McNeil Street) – This location primarily focuses on helping the homeless. Clothing, blankets, meals, shelter and other forms of assistance are available. Call (318) 227-2868.
Salvation Army (147 E Stoner Avenue) – A thrift store and free pantry are on site. There may also be gift cards for groceries, clothing, Angel Tree gifts and meals and other programs. There are also free meals for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call (318) 226-1110.
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