A new John Deere funded backpack program has been launched at Thibodaux Elementary School under the sponsorship of the Thibodaux Good Samaritan Food Bank. Every Friday, over 350 low-income children go home with snacks and meals for the weekend. The food is purchased by the food bank, packed by food bank and John Deere volunteers and distributed by the school. For more on the program read the story this week in the Daily Comet: click here.
Three Ecumenical (interchurch) food banks in Thibodaux (TSCC), Raceland (CLIO) & Houma (TCU) and Catholic Community Center in Galliano provide food & household items and other support to families in crisis.
Last year, the Houma Food Bank served 2,995 families, representing 6,943 individuals. The Food
Bank in Dulac provided assistance to 142 families (410 individuals). The Thibodaux Food Bank
provided assistance to 1,740 families, representing 3,195 individuals. In Raceland, the Food Bank
assisted 884 families (1,538 individuals).
In 2015, Catholic Community Center served 551 families, comprised of 1,550 individuals with food, clothing, household supplies, personal hygiene items, medication, utility assistance, & fire victim assistance.
Last year, Volunteers contributed approximately 32,000 hours of service. In addition, the retail
value of food & supplies distributed in 2015 totaled over $855,957.