Jul 16, 2014 4:12 PM
Local food banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger.
Winn-Dixie has launched the Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program in all stores to help children who don't
know from where their next meal will come. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register now
through August 19 to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to regional food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods.
"As a community food provider, no issue touches the heart of our customers and associates more than childhood hunger," said Rondel Hartwell, Winn-Dixie's director of community involvement and charitable giving. "It's our belief that no child should ever go hungry and that every child deserves nutritious meals and a healthy start to life."
"The Winn-Dixie Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program provides a quick and easy way for our communities to help give hungry children a nutritious meal," added Hartwell.