Alexandria, La. (KALB) - In the last two years, more than 200,000 children in the state Louisiana did not always know where their next meal was coming from.
That’s nearly a quarter of children living in households that couldn’t afford enough food.
In fact, according to the U.S. Hunger Atlas, Louisiana ranks the third highest food insecure rate in children.
The total number of food insecure individuals in the state from 2015 until 2017 totaled more than 800,000 people.
Although the annual cost of ending hunger in Louisiana is $400,041 million, Jayne Wright-Velez, Executive Director of the Cenla Food Bank believes as a community we can still make a difference right now.
"I guess I would just again encourage people to share whatever they have,” Jayne said. “Not only now during the Christmas season, but throughout the year to remember that there are families that are less fortunate in our community and to give whenever you can and however much you can. Every dollar, every can, and every hour makes a difference.”
To learn more about how you can help make a change in the food insecurity statistics visit, https://www.fbcenla.org/.