Baton Rouge, LA, February 6, 2012 - Louisianans can help fight hunger when filing their 2011 state income tax returns by including a contribution to the Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) on line 53. Contributions to the LFBA will support the efforts of Louisiana's five food banks to provide emergency food assistance for nearly 645,000 people statewide, including 245,000 children, who struggle with hunger.
LFBA's five regional food banks include: Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. In 2010, Louisiana's food banks distributed close to 50 million pounds of food, the equivalent of approximately 40 million meals, through more than 400 member agencies including churches, food pantries, soup kitchens and other local nonprofits.
"There's a new face of hunger in Louisiana," said Cindy Greenstein, Executive Director of the Louisiana Food Bank Association. "Among the growing ranks of Louisiana's hungry are citizens who, before now, never needed the services of a food bank to help feed their families. The struggling economy and growing number of unemployed and underemployed have created an unprecedented need for emergency food assistance," added Greenstein.
Support from this effort will allow Louisiana's food banks to maximize each dollar donated to feed Louisiana's hungry through relationships with Feeding America, the food industry, and other community partners.
For more information, visit www.lafba.org or call 225.308.2308. Find the Louisiana File Online form at http://www.rev.state.la.us/forms/taxforms/IT540(2011)(WEB)F.pdf.