The American Sugar Cane League, in conjunction with Domino Sugar, Imperial Sugar and Louisiana Sugar Refining, worked together to donate 12,000 pounds of sugar to the flood-stricken Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said Jim Simon, manager of the League.
"We learned that the food bank lost a lot of its stores during the August flood so Louisiana’s sugar producing companies got together and delivered the sugar to the temporary facility the week after the storm,” Simon said.
Four feet of water poured into the food bank’s Choctaw Road 170,000 square-foot warehouse during the flood and caused more than 570,000 pounds of purchased and donated food to be lost. The organization also lost its computers, office furniture and all but one truck.
"The sugar refiners, millers, individual farmers and many others in the agricultural community are very concerned about hunger in south Louisiana and will do whatever we can to help,” Simon said.
The food bank has now gotten its main warehouse cleaned up and running, but still needs support in the form of food and cash donations as well as volunteers, according to the organization’s website.
The contributing public should visit the food bank’s website at www.BRFoodbank.org or call them at 225-359-9940 to learn how to best help them recover and continue to serve the Baton Rouge area.
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank serves Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.