60,000 meals for Feed a Family
BATON ROUGE - More than 60,000 meals were donated at WBRZ's Feed a Family Friday.
A steady stream of good semaratains donated canned goods .. fresh foods and turkeys ... just in time for thanksgiving.
Matherne's Supermarket stirred up the giving spirit, handing out jambalaya to everyone who donated. Two semi trucks carried off 40,000 pounds of fresh food. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank collected enough food to provide 46,000 meals, plus another 14,000 meals from money donations.
"I see it every year because Matherenes does this but this year I wanted to give because I know they've taken the supplemental benefit for snap, so I know it's going to be harder for people to feed their families," said donator, Sally Power.
"So when you have a 20-million meal gap and then you have snap benefits being reduced it's just going to increase that meal gap and make it even more challenging for us," said GBR Food Bank CEO Mike Manning.
Before the cuts, the GBR Food Bank says they were serving almost 170,000 people, and now that need is growing.