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Louisiana food banks and Cleco partner to feed children

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Cleco Helps fight hunger in Louisiana through the Backpack Program.

On November 4, Cleco Corporation announced it has made a $60,000 donation that will support the Backpack Program at the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, Food Bank of Central Louisiana and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.

"Programs like the Backpack Program provide critical resources for children when school meals are unavailable," said David Coffman, Executive Director for the Louisiana Food Bank Association.

According to Coffman, nearly one-in-four Louisiana children live in families that struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table. The Backpacks Program provides children who are at risk of hunger backpacks full of nutritious and child friendly food during weekends and other times the children are out of school for an extended period of time such as school holidays. The Backpacks will be distributed to children through schools across Cleco's service area in Louisiana.

"Educating our children is vital to sustain our communities and provide a future workforce for our state's business and industry," said Bruce Williamson, president and CEO of Cleco Corporation. "Students cannot learn and succeed when they miss meals. The Backpack Program offers many children a basic need that so many of us take for granted. Cleco and its employees are happy to assist through this donation and volunteer opportunities as we continue to support the areas we serve by investing in our next generation."

"Children in families who struggle with hunger are at higher risk for developmental and learning challenges that will have an impact far beyond their school years. With the support of Cleco, the food banks in Louisiana will be able to provide more children with the resources they need to help them learn and grow and in turn help the communities of Louisiana well into the future," said Coffman. "This is a critical issue for the future of Louisiana and with partners such as Cleco, we can provide children and families hope for the future."  

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