BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — If you have extra canned goods, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank really needs your help. The food bank has been facing some difficulties after two of their trucks were vandalized Monday.
Mike Manning, the CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said this has been one of the most challenging summers they've faced. The shelves are bare, and less food means fewer people are getting the help they need to survive. So now, the food bank is asking you to step in.
"It's always frustrating when we do not have good food or a good volume of food to assist the people we need because they are the people who are most at risk," Manning said.
Mike Manning has been with the greater baton rouge food bank for 10 years. Manning said this year is one of the most challenging. More people depend on the food bank to provide their next meal, but there's a shortage of food. The food bank is having trouble coming through for the community.
"Then on top of that recently, we had some vandalism to one of the trucks," Manning said. "So it's really impacting us, not just from a food perspective, but also from an operational perspective because we have to take those trucks off the road."
Absolute Auto Glass repaired those windshields for free. So these trucks are back in service, but Manning is worried about what the future might hold.
"It's really concerning as we approach the better part of hurricane season because we won't be able to help as much as we were able to in the past," Manning said.
Manning said these setbacks don't just affect his company, they affect the people that he serves.
"Summer time it's a little more difficult. As we get into the holidays, they begin to think about how thankful they are for their situation and there put the grace of God where they are and where they could be and try to help those less fortunate," Manning said.
However, Manning said they can't do this alone.
"Well we survive on three things, people's time, donations of food, and donations of people's money," Manning said. "If they can do any of those, they can help us."
Anything you can give helps them help the community.
"Because we can do more with a dollar than most people can. We can generate five meals with every dollar we get," Manning said. "That's the reward for us. That we actually see that we're making a difference."
If you want to help out, you can drop goods into the red food bank barrels at local grocery stores, bring items straight to the food bank, or you can donate money on their website.