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How to Host a Food Drive for Northshore Food Bank

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St. Paul’s High School Food Drive for Northshore Food Bank

Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.

You can help the Northshore Food Bank’s fight to end hunger! Hosting a Food Drive is an easy way for you and your community to get involved.

From the Northshore Food Bank:

Food drives play a vital role in helping us to serve those in need in our community. You can make a major impact by organizing a food drive on our behalf.

About 1/3 of our yearly food collection comes from individual donations and community food drives.

The goal of food drives is to bring in as many non-perishable essential items as possible to help us fill our nutritionally sound “staple boxes” distributed to Food Bank participants. There are a number of resources we can offer to help organize your food drive and make it successful, such as:

  • customizable electronic flyers you can print out and hang to promote your drive
  • a “Most Needed” items list to share with your group so they can donate needed products
  • large collection boxes and brown grocery bags to collect donated items
  • we offer pick-up service for any collections too large to fit in a pick up truck

For more information on how to host a food drive or to request supplies or schedule a pick up, please contact Ginger Kunkle, Community Engagement Manager, at 985.327.0044 or gkunkle@northshorefoodbank.org.

Visit northshorefoodbank.org to learn more and register to host your own Food Drive.

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Donation Opportunities for the Covington Community

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November is traditionally a month of giving, and many in our community have suffered hardships this year. Thankfully there are a number of organizations in our area designed to help our local neighbors.

Donate Food & Gently Used Household Items to the Northshore Food Bank

The Northshore Food Bank and it’s Resale Shop have undergone some changes in the past year, both expanding to larger locations to meet the demands of our growing community and outer areas. Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.

Want to help? You can donate food directly to to Food Bank at their new location, 125 W 30th Ave, Covington, LA. Donation hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9a-12p at the Community Donations door, facing W 29th Ave. You, your business or place of work can also host a Food Drive! Learn more here: https://northshorefoodbank.org/donate-food

The Northshore Resale Shop accepts donations of gently-used clothing and accessories, household items, appliances and furniture. Funds from the Resale Shop go directly towards purchasing food for the Food Bank. Learn more at https://northshorefoodbank.org/resale.

Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

Our local Knights of Columbus are collecting small children’s (toddler – 12 years old) coats for distribution to those in need. Jackets in good shape may be dropped off at the collection box at Acquistapace’s Grocery or the Children’s Dental Cottage in Madisonville.

Covington Police Department Toy Drive

The Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish, formerly known as Covington Police Toys for Tots was started in 1995 by Sgt. Wayne Mayberry and the Marines along with a host of CovPD employees, mainly Caroline Darby.

An average of 500 children attend this event annually. It takes about 6 to 8 thousand dollars plus a host of volunteers to provide this special experience for our children.

CovPD is asking for help to keep this program thriving and continuing to put smiles on children’s faces. If so inclined, please mail your donation to:

Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish
PO Box 4074, Covington LA 70434
Questions: Contact Tammy Bushnell @ 985-892-8500 Opt 2

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana – Covington Unit

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For the past 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana has been a leading provider of afterschool and summer enrichment programs for at-risk youth. As an independent local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana depends on the generosity of local partners, supporters and investors. Each is vital to the organization’s continued ability to save the lives of at-risk kids across southeast Louisiana.

This year the Boys & Girls Club of Covington has made adjustments and offered additional support to the community with financial relief to families in need, meals, well-being checks and virtual learning for the children. To learn more about how you can donate, sponsor or volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcsela.org or follow them on Facebook.

On Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30-9:30pm, the 4th Annual event for Oxtoberfest, but the INAUGURAL Beer & Bites Crawl will take place at the Covington Trailhead and throughout downtown Covington, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Covington! Read more here: https://covingtonweekly.com/2020/10/26/oxtober-fest-beer-bites-crawl-in-downtown-covington-nov-11/

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.

This week is the last chance to support Hope House by donating toward your favorite Men Who Cook celebrity/restaurant team! Men Who Cook, sponsored by Cintas and the Brooke It Forward Foundation, is the primary annual fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Campaign ends Sunday, November 8th. You could win a Dinsey getaway! All donations help CAC-Hope House fight child abuse and trafficking on the Northshore. Learn more here: https://www.cachopehouse.org/events/

Covington Rotary Club’s 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. 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.

Besides the fundraising luncheon which is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Briggs Assembly Center on St. Paul’s School campus, 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. Learn more at the Covington Rotary Foundation’s website.

Northshore Humane Society – Adopt & Donate

Northshore Humane Society rescues thousands of neglected and abandoned animals each year. But we can’t do it alone. Together we can save even more!

For the price of a movie ticket, $13.90, you can provide food to an animal in need for an entire month. Together we can make Thanksgiving Day special for a homeless dog or cat. Your special gift will give an innocent animal the second chance and loving family they have always deserved.

View Northshore Humane Society’s Thanksgiving donation page here: www.northshorehumane.org/thanks

See NHS’s Adoptable Pets of the Week here: covingtonweekly.com/category/pet-of-the-week/

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Northshore Food Bank Plays An Essential Role in Fighting Hunger During COVID-19

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Northshore Food Bank is open for operation and here to serve both our regular recipients and anyone who might find themselves in need of food assistance right now. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have experienced a more than 110% record growth increase in the number of individuals and families we serve.

Prior to the health crisis, the Food Bank served approximately 940 households monthly. Now, we are providing help to an average of 2,000 households each month. We do not anticipate this need to decrease in the foreseeable future. While our community is slowly reopening, our neighbors are still in need – the hospitality industry is still in questionable difficulty, small businesses are still struggling and many individuals are still not able to return to work.

Help us continue to meet the demand by donating our most needed items: Breakfast Cereal; Oatmeal; Canned Fruit; Canned Meat; Peanut Butter; Dried Beans; Cornbread Mix

Northshore Food Bank has served the Northshore community since 1984 by providing access to basic needs. Serving close to 300 families each week from St Tammany and Washington parishes and distributing approximately 80,000 pounds of food monthly through need-based programs, the Food Bank tirelessly works to achieve its mission of a hunger-free Northshore.

For more information on how to Give Help or Get Help, please visit: www.northshorefoodbank.org
Or follow us on Facebook @northshorefoodbank

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Covington Community Pulls Together for the Covington Food Bank

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Monica Gallardo, owner of Our Place Studio, with the donations from a previous food drive they hosted.

When the Covington Food Bank announced that they had a decline in food donations this year, the community quickly acted to help this valuable organization.

Our Place Studio in downtown Covington announces a food drive for the Covington Food Bank starting Monday, September 14 and running thru the following Saturday, September 19. Donate 3 or more food items, get a $5 coupon that can be used towards a massage service or a class. Drop off times are 8-10 am and 4:30 – 7 pm, Mon. – Sat.

Smoke BBQSmoke BBQ, which recently opened on Collins Blvd, is donating all of their proceeds from sales on Thursday September 10th from 11 am – 2:30 pm to the Covington Food Bank. They are also collecting canned and boxed goods.

Northshore Vineyard food donationsNorthshore Vineyard Church recently donated almost 4,000 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank from a community food drive they hosted. What a great feeling seeing Covington pull together for such a helpful organization!

If you are interested in hosting a food drive, contact Jamie at 985-893-3003 x 105 or jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org. With your help, the food bank will serve 1.2 million pounds of food to those in need this year! Most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, cereal and dry beans. www.covingtonfoodbank.org

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Covington Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014 Celebration Committee invites the City of Covington to join this year’s commemoration of the life of the preacher, dreamer, revolutionist, and the greatest leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The theme, “The Drum Major Instinct,” illustrates another facet of Dr. King’s life by highlighting a sermon he delivered about the dangerous impulse of wanting to feel important. However, he went on to explain that if you saw him as being at the front of the pack and drawing attention to himself, say that he did it for the right reasons: justice, peace and for righteousness.

Our tribute to Dr. King will include a parade, Celebration Program, and a fun afternoon at the Reverend Peter Atkins Park on Monday, January 20, 2014.

We are pleased to announce our 2014 Annual MLK Service Project is a Food Drive. The Coordinator for this SERVICE event is Kenneth Reeves of the Greater Starlight Baptist Church. All donations will benefit our local Food Bank. Non-perishable items are to be placed in boxes (furnished by the Celebration Committee) located at your place of worship and/or at the Celebration Program. We encourage everyone to attend and bring a food item to the Celebration Program. Following the program all food items will be delivered to our local Food Bank.

The MLK Birthday Celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 20, 2014, with the customary parade starting at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park, marching throughout the West 30’s neighborhood, ending at Fuhrmann Auditorium, Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The Commemorative Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., and feature the Greater Covington Community Gospel Mass Choir. We ask that everyone between the ages of six to 100 years old interested in singing in the Community Mass Choir join us for three rehearsals: Saturday, January 11, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church; Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Reform Methodist Church; and Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at Fuhrmann Auditorium, Greater Covington Center. The spirit-filled, dynamic Reverend George Burris, Pastor of Greater St. James Baptist Church, will be the Keynote Speaker. Immediately following the service, the celebration will continue at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park with an afternoon of food, games and fellowship. Everything is free!!

For the seventh year, the Greater Covington Chapter of the NAACP is graciously sponsoring an Art (Poster) and Essay contest. Submissions should reflect the theme and rules outlined in the written guidelines. Applications and guidelines are available at Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Covington, LA, Covington Planning and Zoning Department. Entries must be delivered to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department at the Greater Covington Center by noon, Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Awards and winners will be announced at the Commemorative Service.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the City of Covington’s Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration Chairperson, Beatrice Dunn Penn, (985) 249-1094, Vice-Chair, Gaynel Martin Perry, (985) 893-3767, City Councilman District A, John Callahan, (985) 264-6767 or Councilman District B, Jerry Coner, (985) 893-9689.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Kommunity Power Food Drive This Week To Benefit The Covington Food Bank

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Kommunity Power - Kombucha Girl Living BeverageKommunity Power, Ignite! October 21 – 28, Kombucha Girl Living Beverages is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Covington Food Bank with the support of our awesome downtown Covington businesses. There are specific needs right now: baby formula, baby food, baby/toddler diapers, baby wipes, and fresh produce. Fact: Did you know? Sharing and giving actually boost your immune system – everyone benefits when we share with each other. Let’s do this! The following businesses are accepting donations on behalf of the Food Bank. Pop in and give them some donations and love! A few are offering special thank you gifts to folks who donate. This list of participating businesses is still growing, so look for our flyers and boxes sporting the Kommunity Power! logo all over town, beginning Monday, October 21.

Current List of Participating Businesses:
~PLUS! Check what businesses are offering thank you gifts for donating~

Columbia Street Natural Foods Market ~ 415 N. Columbia St.  ~ Gift: $2 off any supplement purchase when you bring in baby items such as of formula, diapers, and wipes!
Covington Farmer’s Market ~ Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Trailhead and Saturday, Oct. 26, next to the Courthouse
Our Place Studio ~ 338 N. Vermont St. ~ Gift: $5 off massage for persons who bring in 3 items or more
Shop Soul Boutique ~ 529 E. Boston St. ~ Gift: $5 off $20 purchase for every three items donated
Wino’s and Tacos ~ 321 N. Columbia St.

For more information, call the Kombucha Girls: Susan Tarasova / 985.502.4128 & Liz Bragdon / 985.778. 3448 kombuchagirlbeverages@gmail.com

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Kommunity Food Drive Powered by Kombucha Girl

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Kommunity Power - Kombucha Girl Living BeverageKommunity Power, Ignite! October 21 – 28, Kombucha Girl Living Beverages is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Covington Food Bank with the support of our awesome downtown Covington businesses. There are specific needs right now: baby formula, baby food, baby/toddler diapers, baby wipes, and fresh produce. Fact: Did you know? Sharing and giving actually boost your immune system – everyone benefits when we share with each other. Let’s do this! The following businesses are accepting donations on behalf of the Food Bank. Pop in and give them some donations and love! A few are offering special thank you gifts to folks who donate. This list of participating businesses is still growing, so look for our flyers and boxes sporting the Kommunity Power! logo all over town, beginning Monday, October 21.

Current List of Participating Businesses
Columbia St. Health Food Store ~ 415 N. Columbia St.
Covington Farmer’s Market ~ Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Trailhead and Saturday, Oct. 26, next to the Courthouse
Our Place Studio ~ 338 N. Vermont St
Shop Soul Boutique ~ 529 E. Boston St.
Winos & Tacos ~ 321 N. Columbia St.

For more information, call the Kombucha Girls: Susan Tarasova / 985.502.4128 & Liz Bragdon / 985.778. 3448
kombuchagirlbeverages@gmail.com