Second Harvest Food Bank

Giving Back Nonprofit

504.734.1322  |
700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans



Second Harvest’s mission is to serve as many families in need as possible, through community partners across South Louisiana. The organization, which employs 80 full-time staffers and works with nearly 10,000 yearly volunteers, has a large scope of operations: they provide the equivalent of more than 32 million meals per year to over 210,000 people. Aside from their more well-known programs with food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and schools, the organization also serves as a major disaster responder. Since 1982, Second Harvest has responded to every major disaster that has struck South Louisiana, from hurricanes and flooding to tornadoes and environmental cataclysms.


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On June 1, Second Harvest will host their annual Rubber Duck Derby in City Park. This event, a favorite among families in the city, features “adoptable” rubber ducks that go on a race to the finish line. Families or individuals can adopt their own rubber duck racer for just $5 each. The event, which is Second Harvest’s largest single-day fundraiser of the year, is one of many events that allow the public to come together and donate to the cause. Other events to be on the lookout for include GiveNola Day, iGiveCatholic Day and special events throughout the year featuring local celebrity chefs.



Second Harvest’s relationship to philanthropy is more akin to a lifeline: 75 percent of the organization’s operation budget comes from private philanthropic donations, from smaller monthly donations from individuals helping out all the way to major support from corporate sponsors and foundation partners. But Second Harvest also draws on a second source of philanthropic support: major donations of food and of time. The group relies on all three types of donations to keep their doors open and to fulfill their mission of feeding the hungry across South Louisiana.

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Second Harvest Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes. They are an affiliate ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and a member of Feeding America and United Way.


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