As an emergency food provider, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is the largest distributor of donated food for Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Desoto, Red River, Claiborne and Bienville Parishes. The Food Bank sorts, warehouses and distributes food to over 100 partner agencies which then give it to people in need. People affected by hunger in our community are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. It's the Food Bank mission to serve as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.