LAFAYETTE, LA - Second Harvest Food Bank Feeding Acadiana continues to respond to the impact of Hurricane Ida on South Louisiana. Working from our 215 E Pinhook warehouse and base of operations, our staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to deliver more than 100,000 pounds of food, water, and disaster supplies into Vermillion, Lafourche, Terrebonne and other areas slammed by this Category-4 storm.
“In the days since Ida passed, our Lafayette team has distributed just a massive amount of food and supplies across the region trying to recover,” said Regional Director, Paul Scelfo. “But there is so much need, and we are just getting started.”
Nowhere is that need greater than in Houma, where Second Harvest rushed in aid to the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and the United Houma Nation, Scelfo said.
“They really got the brunt of the storm, which is now on record as the second-strongest storm to ever hit Louisiana. The Chief of the United Houma Nation, who works for the Fire Department has spent all week rescuing tribal members trapped in their homes. They’ve rescue as many Tribal Elders and people with disabilities as they could from out the sun’s heat.”
During the emergency distribution at the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Father Michael Champagne of St. Theresa Food Pantry, located in St. Martinville, said his church was picking up ice, water, and disaster supplies to take to people in Shriver. “There’s so much hurt down here,” he said. “Massive destructions, mobile homes destroyed, shrimp boats upside down. And hit even harder down south, no food, no water.”
On Thursday, Sept 2, Second Harvest Feeding Acadiana also delivered and distributed a total of 114,000 pounds of food and supplies across Lafourche, St. Martin, and other areas of the Bayou region. Much of the aid came by way of Feeding America food bank partners in Texas.
“Lafayette is the perfect staging point for so much of the outpouring of support coming in from Texas and other areas,” according to Scelfo. “The offers of help from the San Antonio Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank were so quick and put thousands of pounds at our doorstep faster than we could have ordered it.”
How to help Second Harvest respond to Hurricane Ida:
Funds: A monetary gift is the most efficient way to support our response to this emergency. Go to [no-hunger.org/ida]no-hunger.org/ida to make a tax-deductible donation. Every $1 raised will help us provide 4 meals to someone impacted by this latest South Louisiana emergency. Monetary donations also help fuel up our fleet of transportation to make these emergency distributions possible.
Food, water, disaster supplies: Donations of non-perishable food, especially proteins, are greatly appreciated. Bottled water and cleaning supplies will also be in high demand. Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday between 8am-4pm at 215 E. Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, La. (And as long as weather permits, we will also have after-hours drop-off bins in front of our facility)
Volunteer: There are many volunteer opportunities following a disaster. Register now at: [no-hunger.org/volunteer]no-hunger.org/volunteer