May 14, 2020

Entertainers Unite To Feed Louisiana

Entertainers Unite To Feed Louisiana

An eclectic collection of Louisiana entertainers and personalities have joined to support Feed Louisiana Love, a social media campaign to increase awareness and funding for Feeding Louisiana, a statewide network of food banks.

Most well-known among these caring celebrities wanting to help feed Louisiana  are musicians Hunter Hayes, Amanda Shaw and rock band The Revivalists, as well as Raising Cane’s CEO Todd Graves.

Funds raised through this campaign to feed Louisiana will assist in covering the direct costs of feeding the needy, including purchasing food, storage and refrigeration, as well as with repackaging and distribution.

“The need for support is urgent,” said Korey Patty, executive director of Feeding Louisiana. “In April, Louisiana food banks reported an 80% increase in demand for their services. About 40% of the families were requesting help for the first time.”

Feeding Louisiana, which is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, is a partnership of five regional members: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Food Bank of Central Louisiana in Alexandria, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana in Monroe and Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport.

According to Feeding Louisiana:

  • 1 in 6 households struggle to put food on the table.
  • 1 in 20 households report skipping meals because they lack money for food.
  • 23% of seniors face hunger, ranking Louisiana as the 2nd worst state for senior hunger.
  • 1 in 4 children live in food-insecure households, one-third in several rural parishes.

Celebrities participating in the initiative are working to spread awareness of the campaign to feed Louisiana through videos and messages on their social media channels, using the hashtags: #FeedLouisianaLove and #FeedLouisiana. With the exposure from such celebrities, the hope is their messages will encourage donations and challenge others for support as well.

Donations for the Feed Louisiana Love campaign can be made at Donors are able to select a specific food bank they want to help or have their donation spread equally among all five banks.

Mr. Patty further said, “We’re getting food to our affiliates, but distribution is a challenge.  Monetary donations are critical to helping us coordinate within our network so that food can go to the places where it’s needed most.”

Some celebrities involved in the campaign are listed below.

Amanda Shaw – New Orleans/Mandeville (country/pop music artist)

Cassie Kelley – Lafayette (country music personality)

Dan Smalley – Shreveport (country music artist)

DJ Slab 1 – New Orleans (hip-hop radio personality/DJ)

Dudley Dubossier – New Orleans (lawyer)

Dylan Scott – Bastrop (country music artist)

Dylan Walsh – New Orleans (actor)

Garrett Jacobs – Bossier City (American Idol season 16 contestant – 2018)

Hunter Hayes – Breaux Bridge (country music artist)

Jordan Davis – Shreveport (country music artist)

Normani – New Orleans (pop/hip-hop artist)

Sam Burns – Shreveport (PGA Tour golfer)

Terrance Simien – Lafayette (Zydeco musician)

The Revivalists – New Orleans (rock group)

Todd Graves – Baton Rouge (co-founder of Raising Cane’s)

Wild Wayne – New Orleans (hip-hop radio personality/DJ)

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