The LSU College of Agriculture's Dean Staff gives back to the Baton Rouge community this holiday season

Dean's Staff member hold sign for food bank
Dean's Staff members who volunteered (from left to right); Renée Welch, Katherine D'Aquila, Ashley Grant, Henry Hebert, Amanda Martin, Annabelle Stokes, Lindsey Kelly

Baton Rouge, La – The LSU College of Agriculture's Dean Staff volunteered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank this holiday season. The staff members volunteered their time on the morning of Thursday, December 17, 2020.

The staff spent the morning sorting and boxing non-perishable food items. The Dean's Staff was able to box over 11,500 pounds of food.

The need for support had increased for the Greater Baton Food Bank during 2020. The food bank has grown from serving 100,000 people annually to over 50,000 people each month.

The Greater Baton Food Bank relies on its volunteers to meet the increasing demand for resources in the community. Volunteers' workforce equates to approximately 17 full-time employees; by utilizing volunteers, the food bank can allocate funding toward other resources.

"The College of Agriculture Dean's Office Staff was happy to not only spend some time together outside of Zoom meetings but to give back to our Baton Rouge community," said assistant dean Amanda Martin. "As a land-grant institution, we believe in service, and this is a mindset we try to instill in our students from their first-year on campus. In just a couple of hours, our small but mighty team was able to impact the lives of 50,000 people that the food bank will be serving this month."

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the food bank's demand for monetary donations, food donations, and volunteers. Those wishing to give back to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank can find more information on how to do so on their website, https://brfoodbank.org/give/.

Written by Annabelle Stokes, Communications Coordinator