Sep 27, 2013 6:58 PM by Chris Welty

Acadiana Steps Up for FoodNet

Tonight, the shelves at the Greater Acadiana Food Bank have more on them.

After our reports this week, you have stepped up and donated more than two tons of food. While that's outstanding news, FoodNet says because of the need, the donations will not last long.

The pantry is still critically low on food. This week, workers feared they wouldn't have enough food to feed people. FoodNet Executive Director Lemel Jones says it's common for supplies to be slim this time of year, but not usually this low.

An Acadiana school stepped up to the plate, collecting hundreds of pounds of food in one day.

"We're here to make a difference," said eighth grader Cody Wesner. "Not many people give to the poor and they need it. If they need it, why don't you give it to them."

"You get this amazing feeling in your heart when you know you're helping someone who needs it," said Dylon Melancon.

In one day, the school collected more than 900 pounds of food. They gave from their own shelves at home or went shopping at the local store. Carencro Catholic Development Director Leah Landry says they're practicing what they preach.

"We give them the opportunities so whenever they're young adults, they can jump into these experiences on their own," said Landry.

This week, Acadiana donated more than 4,000 pounds of food. While that may sound like a lot, it's redistributed as fast as it comes in.

"People have a heart to fill what's going on in our community here. If I say we need it, it comes in droves," said FoodNet Executive Director Lemel Jones.

She says it's a challenge keeping the shelves stocked.

FoodNet is looking for canned goods, boxed goods, dried beans and other items.

Donations can be dropped off at the food bank on Surrey Street in Lafayette.

Chris Welty



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