Food-Drive at Delgado

By Isadora Linheira


Since the Great Recession, food insecurity in Louisiana has grown significantly, indicating that more individuals and their families – especially households with children – are lacking enough money to buy food at some point each year.

According to new data from the U.S Department of Agriculture, nearly one in six households in Louisiana are struggling against hunger. The numbers show that the problem is worse in Louisiana than nationally – 15.7 percent versus 14.7 percent respectively.

With this in mind, Delgado’s Studies in Cultural Diversity class, mentored by Ms. Melanie Deffendall, started a project to help the Hispanic Apostolate Church, an Archdiocese that helps many families in need. The pastoral service does not discriminate against any religion, culture or race. The institution has only one goal: help individuals and families in the New Orleans area who are in need by providing them with food and financial support.

“As students we felt like it was important to give back to the community and apply what we learn about cultural diversity in practice, helping people from different cultures. We chose the Hispanic Apostolate Church not only because they do very serious work, but also because they don’t decide who deserves to be helped or not” said Studies in Cultural Diversity student Juliana Mattioli.

The food-drive project will take place at Delgado Community College and will be coordinated by students. The items requested are: canned pasta, dry pasta, any pasta sauce, any type of soups, dry mashed potatoes, peanut butter, cereals, sardines, chili, canned chicken salad, canned tuna, canned fruit, dry beans, rice, salt, sugar, canned vegetables and vegetable oil. However, any donations are valid.

The drop-off locations will take place at the Registrar’s Office in Building 2, and at the W.I.S.E Woman Center, second floor of Building 1. A booth will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.

“We hope that as many of Delgado’s students as possible will help us to help this institution. This is more than just donating food, it is about being aware that the hunger problem in Louisiana is very alarming” said Juliana Mattioli.

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