WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana celebrated National Hunger Action Day with a prayer breakfast on Thursday morning. September is National Hunger Awareness Month.
Food bank representatives say the goal is to thank leaders in the community, encourage more people to help, and pray to end hunger.
They say one in five people struggle with hunger in Northeast Louisiana, and the most affected are children and the elderly.
"We love our neighbors. We're here to care for each other,” said board president Shawn Hornsby. “We don’t want to hear about people who have worked hard all of their lives, like seniors, who all of the sudden have to decide between paying their electric bills, paying for medicines they need or buying food."
That's why the Food Bank is calling on the community to help, and they’re doing it with prayer.
"The first answer we have is the good Lord and prayer to raise up more people to join this effort so we can make the difference in the lives of children, adults, of all ages and people of all situations," Hornsby said.
The food bank says if you can't donate food or money, you can always donate time. You can visit The Food Bank’s website to find out about volunteer opportunities.