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Donate to Rotary Clubs’ Feeding the Needy Christmas Meals Program

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About Feeding The Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. John and Craig shared the idea with Deacon Skip Graffinini, who was the executive director of The Covington Food Bank, which is now The Northshore Food Bank, and learned that The Food Bank was servicing sixty to sixty-five families at that time. A decision was made to move forward, and the project was named “Feeding the Needy”. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14-to-16-pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert.  Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and have leftovers to help on the days leading up to school reopening.

This year, due to COVID things will be a little different for FTN. We will have fewer volunteer opportunities and will be offering pick up locations instead of home deliveries.

Meal Pick Up Locations –
First Come, First Served Basis

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Saturday, December 19th
9am – 12 pm
East Fairgrounds
Behind Rodeo Arena

Saturday, December 19th
1pm – 4pm
Northshore Charter School
111 Walker Street, Bogalusa

Tuesday, December 22nd
9:30am- 2:30pm
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
1304 N. Columbia Street, Covington

Monetary Donations

FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs.  Donations for FTN are accepted year-round and can be made below.

To Mail a Check: Checks can be made payable to The Covington Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 foundation with the corresponding tax status. Please mail checks to The Covington Rotary Club, PO Box 541 Covington, LA 70433.   Checks can also be dropped off at Baldwin Motors, 1730 N Hwy 190, in Covington.

To Donate On-line: CLICK HERE to make an online donation.

Please read the message below from our Chairman and Fundraising Coordinator: 


Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at or by phone at 985-502-6575.  

Learn more at the Covington Rotary Club website.

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Covington Rotary Club Announces “Feeding the Needy” 2015

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Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary Club

Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary ClubThis year the Covington Food Bank is on target to deliver in excess of 1.1 million pounds of food.  Since Craig Babylon and John Baldwin founded Feeding the Needy in 2002, the need in our area has grown from 300 cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to 1500 that will be delivered this year.  As always, the applications come from the Covington Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Schools, Churches, Safe Harbor and Hospitals over the next couple of weeks.

We need your help!  We need your help preparing the packages and delivering them on Christmas morning.  Once again St. Paul’s School has donated the use of their cafeteria where volunteers will work on December 23 and 24th starting at 9 a.m.  On Christmas morning volunteers should arrive at the cafeteria no later than 7:45 a.m. to deliver packages to the families.  It is not necessary to register to volunteer, please just come to the cafeteria.  For detailed Feeding the Needy volunteer opportunities visit the website at and click on the “Feeding the Needy” tab.

Without funding none of the above will happen.  The budget for Feeding the Needy is approximately $50,000.00 and the Covington Rotary Club is asking for your financial support.  This project is run through the Covington Rotary Foundation which has 501C3 tax status as a non-profit so your donation will be tax deductible.

Feeding the Needy has zero administrative expenses, which allows every dollar to go to our cause.  Checks should be made payable to the Covington Rotary Foundation and mailed to 1730 N. Hwy 190, Covington LA 70433 or donate on line.

John Baldwin has said for years, “If you don’t think this is an important program, I challenge you to skip two or three meals for a couple of days and see how you feel and function.”  Please take action and help us continue to make a difference in the lives of so many, especially the children, this Christmas.  Email John Baldwin at or call him at 985-807-4203 if you should have any questions.