Provide food, reduce hunger, and support the Lafayette Parish community
To reduce hunger in Lafayette Parish, we provide food to those in need, generate community support and create awareness. We do this through a viable process for the collection and distribution of food in an accountable and compassionate manner.
History of FoodNet, The Greater Acadiana Food Bank
FoodNet- The Greater Acadiana Food Bank, a non-profit food bank serving Lafayette Parish, was established in October 1987. The food distributed by FoodNet is donated by our community. There are three major food drives that channel food to FoodNet. These food drives are The Letter Carrier's hosted the second week in May, The Rotary Election Day Food Drive (hosted on major elections, the four Rotary Clubs of Lafayette collect donations for FoodNet at the polling places) and the KLFY TV -10 FoodNet "Food for Families" Food Drive hosted in December annually. Numerous, schools, corporations, organizations, and individuals also hold independent food drives for FoodNet throughout the year.
Marcelle Citron, founder of FoodNet
FoodNet operates a Community Market Basket Program where baskets are placed in participating local supermarkets. Donations are collected each Friday from the store locations.
FoodNet has been a member of United Way since its inception.
More about FoodNet, The Greater Acadiana Food Bank
FOODNET has distributed tens of thousands of tons of food since 1987 to those in need. FOODNET presently serves several agencies including: Faith House Battered Women's Shelter, the Children's Shelter, St. Joseph Shelter for Men, Acadiana Youth Shelter for Girls, St. Joseph Diner, the Red Cross, Alleman Center, Acadiana Cares, St. Francis Foundation for Substance Abuse, and The Ark.
FOODNET operates under the direction of a Board of Directors. Staff includes a paid executive director, warehouse personnel, basket program manager, and community volunteers. These volunteers devote their time to FOODNET on a regular basis.
Although "FOODNET OF LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA, INC." serves only Lafayette Parish, FOODNET has representatives in more than 68 towns and cities that serve the nine Parishes that comprise Acadiana.