The Allstate Foundation grant to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s work leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana

Baton Rouge Area Allstate agency owners recently joined Allstate volunteers across seven states to secure a $15,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 10 Feeding America member food banks, including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Allstate volunteers collected monetary donations during an online virtual food drive in April to enable Feeding America food bank members to support local families in need. Every $1 donated during the online virtual food drive will help provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. Replenishing local food banks also allows rapid response during a natural disaster, which can leave community members without shelter, power and access to safe food and water.

Allstate agency owners also volunteered by packing disaster relief boxes at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Their efforts will help provide supplies that can be distributed amongst their 11 parish service area the moment a community faces disaster-related damage.

The online virtual food drive and hands-on volunteer activity were part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation volunteer effort benefitting Feeding America member food banks in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina and Texas. In all, $136,000 was donated through Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants.

"Following the devastating aftermath of hurricanes and wildfires at the end of last year, Feeding America’s disaster resources have been significantly depleted,” said Allison May, Allstate corporate relations division manager. “Feeding America serves one in seven Americans and we are so proud of our local Allstate volunteers for stepping up to replenish food supplies, raise funds and strengthen Feeding America’s ability to deliver critical emergency relief to communities in need.”

Participating Baton Rouge-area Allstate agency owner volunteers include (in alphabetical order by last name):

---Ann Arcement, Baton Rouge

---Gregory Bravata, Denham Springs

---Ronald Camet, Metairie

---Alan Canty, Baton Rouge

---Shawn Coffey, Baton Rouge

---Glenn Conques, Baton Rouge

---Daniel Durand, Plaquemine

---Tony Goudeau, Gonzales

---Trisha Goudeau , Gonzales

---Tina Livingston, Baton Rouge

---Ella McCrary, Baton Rouge

---Aldreamia Omar, Baker

---Deborah Richard, Baton Rouge

---Todd Sanford, Prairieville

---Eric Spencer, Baton Rouge

---Michael Stewart, Baton Rouge

Since 2011, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation have contributed more than $2.5 million to Feeding America to support its disaster preparedness and relief programs.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists for their volunteer efforts. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

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