Article reprinted from Kenner Star November 2017 Edition – “Donations especially needed during holidays for Kenner Food Bank”
The Kenner Food Bank falls under the direction of the Kenner Community Development Department and is headed by Michael Ince, interim director. “I want to bring new and fresh ideas to the community development team and I am asking for your help and support during the holidays as the Kenner Food Bank gets inundated with increased requests from its residents,” said Ince. Ince said the Kenner Food Bank critically needs the support of the community as it continues to feed those in need. This support allows the food bank to provide for children, families, the elderly and the homeless who require assistance year-round. “We ask that you support this effort to ensure no Kenner resident goes hungry,” said Ince. “We want to ensure that every resident will have access to one of the basic qualities of life…food, especially during the holidays. ”The Kenner Food Bank is a member agency of Second Harvest Food Bank Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, who deliver food weekly to the food bank.
Other community partners, such as local churches, businesses, schools, civic groups and caring families and individuals also help keep the food bank stocked. To receive assistance from the food bank, the USDA and Second Harvest require that a family’s income cannot exceed the limits established by the USDA for the respective family size. Visit the Kenner Community Development’s tab on the city’s website, www.kenner.la.us, for details of how to apply. An application can be picked up from the food bank or downloaded from the city’s website. Eligible families are provided one to three boxes of food weighing 30 to 40 pounds once a month according to family size.
In 2016 the food bank fed an average of 740 families and the need has increased by 12 percent to 843 families in 2017. This is an increase of approximately 23 percent in the number of people served per month from 2,600 in 2016 to 3,384 people per month in 2017. “Over the years the people of Kenner have been a critical part in the support and success of the Kenner Food Bank by providing donations and volunteering their time. We are asking for your support to continue our mission of not allowing any Kenner resident to go hungry,” said Ince.
Monetary donations by check or money order can be made payable to the Kenner Food Bank and mailed or dropped off to the food bank at 317 Oxley Street located in Rivertown in Kenner. Food donations can be delivered to the food bank, as well,from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information call 468-7204.