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Food Bank, Blood Center Partner for “Stock Our Shelves”

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Northshore Food Bank and The Blood Center are partnering this summer to “Stock Our Shelves (SOS)!” The summer months are historically a low donation season for both Northshore Food Bank and The Blood Center. Help save the summer for both and donate food and blood at Northshore Food Bank’s S.O.S. drive in the food bank warehouse (125 W 30th Ave, Covington) on Wednesday, July 28th from 10:00am-3:30pm. Northshore Food Bank will also receive $5 per blood donation.

Sign up here: https://www.tbcdonors.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/43553

Northshore Food Bank’s Most Needed Items for July are:

Tuna
Soup
Corn
Peas
Green Beans
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Photo submitted by Ginger Kunkle, Community Engagement Manager for the Northshore Food Bank. To see your pic of the week in the Covington Weekly e-newsletter, send to covweekly@gmail.com for consideration.

“We nearly had a cat–astrophe yesterday when a volunteer heard a kitten meowing from under a vehicle in our food pick up line. Fortunately, the scared little kitty ran behind our air conditioning unit and was promptly rescued by two staff members. This little calico kitten, now named A.C., now has a new home with our Warehouse Distribution Coordinator, and we think it’s a purr-fect match!
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Picture of the Week

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Photo submitted by Ginger Kunkle, Community Engagement Manager, Northshore Food Bank

L – R: Ginger Kunkle, Eddie Sawaya, Mayor Mark

“We are very proud of a volunteer accomplishing 1,000 volunteer hours with us! Yesterday we kicked off National Volunteer Week by honoring him with a plaque, a special certificate from the office of the Lt Governor, and a bottle of his favorite—Jack Daniels Single Barrel! Special thanks to Mayor Mark for presenting the award for us to Eddie Sawaya.” – Ginger Kunkle, Northshore Food Bank

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National Library Week

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The St. Tammany Parish Library will join libraries across the country to celebrate National Library Week Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 10!

The library will offer Food for Fines from Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 17. Each non-perishable food item donated will reduce library fines by $1. Although the library is not currently charging overdue fees, Food for Fines can be used for old charges. All donated food items will be donated to our Northshore Food Bank in Covington, the Samaritan Center Food Bank in Mandeville and the First Baptist Church of Slidell Food Pantry.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

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Northshore Food Bank Shares Impacts from 2020 Pandemic

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Last week, Northshore Food Bank shared some of the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on the organization and the community. The Food Bank also opened a new, expanded Resale Shop last year, a place to sell donated housewares, clothing and other items with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank. A survey aimed to gather feedback from the public on the new Resale Shop can be found here. The survey can be taken even if you have not visited the shop yet!

From Northshore Food Bank:

2020 was an unprecedented year in so many ways. This week we will share some of the numbers that demonstrate not only the increased need for food on the Northshore, but also how our community has supported us to ensure families in need are fed.

  • At the beginning of the pandemic, we recognized the need for additional food for kids when the schools closed early. Emergency kid packs were distributed from March until school started again in the fall, and again over the winter holiday break.
  • Through our Community Cupboard we have expanded our reach, providing food assistance to households that cannot come to us.
  • For the first time ever, we distributed enough food to provide over 1 Million Meals in one year.
  • By the end of September, we had already reached the one million pounds benchmark; this is a volume we might typically reach by the end of the year or fall just under it.

Did you know that by shopping and donating to our Resale Shop that you help feed families on the Northshore? All net proceeds directly go to operating the food bank.

We would love your thoughts on our Resale Shop. Your input could help feed even more families on the Northshore. Take our brief survey: http://bit.ly/3b8PqT7

Learn more at northshorefoodbank.org

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“Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers” Brings House Floats to Covington this Mardi Gras

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From the Covington Business Association:

Register Your Business or Home for Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Floats 2021!

No Parades? What?!!

Bring Mardi Gras to Covington and decorate your business or home with some Mardi Gras style!

Register your place by January 15th to be guaranteed a spot on the Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers Parade Map. There is no cost to register! We are accepting donations to cover costs, and any proceeds will be donated to the Northshore Food Bank.

from the Covington Krewe of House Floats Facebook page

Maps will be published of participating House Floats in the Covington Area by January 23rd, so have your bling up by then.

Check out the new Covington Krewe of House Floats (@r3r2021) on Instagram and Facebook for area artists you can support by buying or commissioning Mardi Gras decorations, and stay tuned there for custom commemorative throws for this truly unusual Mardi Gras!

Register Your Business or Home Here!

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Donate to Rotary Clubs’ Feeding the Needy Christmas Meals Program

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from Covington Rotary Club:

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

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

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

Covington
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: 

Volunteers  

Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at jilly2134@gmail.com or by phone at 985-502-6575.  

Learn more at the Covington Rotary Club website.

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Covington Porch Fest – Free Live Music this Saturday

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On Saturday December 12th from 2 – 5 pm, come on out to the Covington Porch Fest, featuring live music by local artists at various locations around downtown Covington. Bring your chairs and picnic blankets for this free event presented by the Covington Business Association, benefiting the Northshore Food Bank!

Covington Porch Fest December 12th Lineup:

211 W. 25th Avenue
415 W. 26th Avenue
626 N. Jackson Street
406 W. 23rd Avenue
227 W. 23rd Avenue

Bruce Daigrepont
Pontchartrain Shakers
Dirty Rain Revelers
Jeff Cryer Band
Big Al and the Heavyweights

You can find maps to each of these locations at www.covingtonporchfest.com/porch-locations

Covington Porch Fest was started this year to provide an outlet for musicians and locals during the pandemic. If you can, please consider supporting a local musician by buying their art or merchandise. Our culture relies heavily on the local artists in our community. Lets show them some love!

Learn more about Porch Fest on their website, and follow them on Facebook for updates!

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Tammany Turkey Trot Benefits Food Bank on Thanksgiving Day

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From Louisiana Northshore:

Run, jog or walk your way to the finish on Thanksgiving Day. The City of Covington presents the 3rd annual Tammany Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020.

The fun, family event is also a food drive and fundraiser for the Northshore Food Bank at 840 N. Columbia St. Each runner is asked to bring three non-perishable, canned food items to help them “pack the pantry” at the Northshore Food Bank.

Athletes will start their Thanksgiving run with the St. Tammany Courthouse as their backdrop just north of downtown Covington. From there, both 5K and 5-mile runners will make their way through downtown and into the splendor of moss-covered trees that line the streets. Near St. Paul’s High School, 917 S. Jahncke Street, runners will head slightly west toward Jefferson Street before turning north. From there, it’s a return trip for the finish line at the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse.

Five-mile runners will finish their Turkey “tour” with a scenic jaunt further south past more beautiful homes before rejoining with the 5K course and heading north back to downtown.

Covid-19 Cancellation: If the event is cancelled by government agencies in advance due to Covid-19 or other similar public health concerns runners will be able to choose one of the following options: defer to next year, switch to a virtual race, donate entry fee to charity or receive a full refund, less processing fees.

To register, get route details, check out race swag and awards, and learn more about the Northshore Food Bank, visit TammanyTurkeyTrot.com.


ABOUT THE NORTHSHORE FOOD BANK

Northshore Food Bank has served the Northshore community since 1984 by providing access to basic needs through its two programs – Food Bank and Resale Shop. Currently serving an average of 350 families each week from St Tammany and Washington parishes and distributing approximately 125,000 pounds of food monthly through need-based programs, the Food Bank tirelessly works to achieve its mission of a hunger-free Northshore.

With the support of businesses, civic organizations, and individuals, the food bank serves the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Now, your help is needed more than ever. The food bank has experienced record growth due to the pandemic and now has over 2,000 distributions monthly. Your donation to feed your neighbors in need is greatly appreciated.

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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.

Read more about how you can give back this holiday season:

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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

boys and girls club

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’s Resale Shop Has New Location

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Resale Shop sells gently-used furniture, appliances, clothing and more, benefits the Northshore Food Bank

photo by Joel Treadwell

The Northshore Food Bank Resale Shop has moved to a new location! Don’t worry, they didn’t go far – just next door to the former food bank warehouse, which moved in January. This larger facility is now the new home for gently-used furniture, appliances, clothing and more! Conveniently located 830 N Columbia Street, the Resale Shop is open from 9:30 am – 4 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (closed Wednesdays and Sundays).

photo by Joel Treadwell

The Resale Shop offers a wide variety of clothing and household items for sale, from major appliances in good working order to like new, gently used furniture, household gadgets, clothing, jewelry, and more. They provide clothing and housewares to individuals in emergency situations as well as those participating in programs at other non-profits including Safe Harbor, Family Promise, James Storehouse, and more.

photo by Joel Treadwell

Funds from the Resale Shop go directly towards purchasing food for the Food Bank. Every time you shop you feed more families on the Northshore. This is a growing need in our community, especially since the COVID crisis, where the Food Bank saw more than 110% record growth increase in the number of individuals and families they serve. They now have over 2,000 distributions monthly.

“Northshore Food Bank Resale Shop is an important source of income for our food purchases. Last year, the shop supplied enough revenue to feed nearly 1,000 families,” says Ginger Kunkle, the Food Bank’s Community Engagement Manager.

photo by Joel Treadwell

Donations to the Resale Shop can be made Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Donatable items include gently-used clothing and accessories, household items, appliances and furniture. If you have appliances or furniture to donate, please contact the store manager Stacey at (985) 892-5282. For more information about donation guidelines and safe-shopping COVID procedures, visit https://northshorefoodbank.org/resale.

Food donations are always in need and can be made at the Northshore Food Bank’s 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. Learn more here: https://northshorefoodbank.org/donate-food

photo by Joel Treadwell
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NFB Resale Shop Moving to New Location

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The Northshore Food Bank’s Resale Shop will be moving this week to a new location.

Information about the Northshore Food Bank’s Resale Shop from www.northshorefoodbank.org:

The Resale Shop offers a wide variety of clothing and household items. We rely solely on the generosity of the Northshore community and appreciate being trusted as your donation recipient. The Resale Shop accepts and sells everything from major appliances in good working order to like new, gently used furniture, household gadgets, clothing, jewelry, and more. We regularly provide clothing and housewares free of charge to individuals in need including Food Bank participants, people impacted by disasters such as fires or flooding, as well as those participating in programs at other non-profits including Safe Harbor, Family Promise, James Storehouse, and more.

If you would like to donate like new, gently used furnishings or appliances, but lack the means to bring them to the Resale Shop, please contact us at 985-892-5282 to schedule a free pick-up. Our home pickup service is provided for those residing in St. Tammany parish. We are unable to move items from upstairs locations, or break down furniture. Please make sure all items are located on the ground level of your residence. All items must be in like new, gently used condition which would exclude broken, stained, torn, or rusted items. Pickups typically occur between 9:00 am -1:00 pm on Tuesdays. We can provide an approximate 30-minute phone call before pick up, if requested. We reserve the right to refuse pick-up onsite if items are not in acceptable condition.

The Resale Shop is operated by employees and supported by many dedicated volunteers. Donations must be sorted, priced and staged in the store for sale. Volunteer placement is available six days a week. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Resale Shop, click here.

Though we greatly appreciate everyone who wants to donate to The Resale Shop, we are unable to accept all items. Certain items have safety regulations, or resale restrictions, and some just don’t sell. Northshore Food Bank Resale Shop does not have the ability to repair, clean, or fix any items donated. We do not want to dilute our time or resources from supporting the overall Food Bank mission. If you are unsure if your donation is appropriate for the Resale Shop, feel free to call us at 985-892-5282 to confirm.

Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday 9am-3pm. Tax receipts are available at our front counter.

COVID-19 HOURS NOTICE – DONATION DROP OFF GUIDELINES

Donations are currently accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30a-12:30p behind the Resale Shop.

To make sure this is a contactless donation and safety is maintained for everyone, we have the following guidelines:

  • We will only serve one vehicle at a time so please be patient. We will move as quickly as possible, but safety is our number one concern.
  • Please place all donations in a box or a bag. No loose items! Do not bring your donations in containers you want returned (like plastic tubs) this will slow down the line and will not be accepted.
  • Your items need to be separated- for example: clothing all in one bag, shoes in one bag, electronics in a box etc. Items that are not separated will not be accepted.
  • When it is your turn – please exit your vehicle and place your donations in the disinfected bin provided for you. Our employees will not be allowed to retrieve your items from inside your car.
  • At ALL times you and our employees will need to be wearing masks. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be able to donate. Also remember to stay six feet apart.
  • At the end of your donation, you will be given a tax receipt.

List of items WE ARE NOT TAKING AT THIS TIME:

  • No holiday items (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc)
  • No mattresses ,knives, computers, car seats, ceiling fans, sheets or comforters
  • No winter clothing—only summer clothes and shoes
  • No undergarments- underwear, stockings, bras or socks unless in packaging
  • NO magazines

Any furniture that you would like to donate needs to be approved- please email 2-3 pictures of your item to sdonnelly@northshorefoodbank.org.

Include your name and phone number in the email please.

SHOPPING GUIDELINES

We are now open for shopping Monday-Saturday 9:30a-4:00p.

  • Staff and shoppers are required to wear masks.
  • Only two people per family can shop together (children must be 12 and older).
  • Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
  • Resale Shop will be limited to 15 people on the sales floor at any given time.
  • All surfaces will be cleaned multiple times per day.
  • A sneeze guard has been installed in front of the register.
  • Donations will only be accepted on selected days when the store is not open.

Thank you for your support of Northshore Food Bank and for helping keep our staff and volunteers safe!

The Resale Shop’s focus is serving the community through raising funds to support food purchases for Northshore Food Bank. Learn more at www.northshorefoodbank.org

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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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Northshore Food Bank Canstruction roundup

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CANstruction Northshore was a huge success bringing in OVER 20,000 food products this year! This is enough food to serve our neighbors in need for over two weeks. What a great inaugural event! We are SO thankful for all of the teams, venues, architects, volunteers, sponsors and judges who worked hard to not only make our first CANstruction a success, but in the effort also helped raise awareness to food insecurity and food collection to serve our Northshore neighbors most in need! Winners were announced at last night’s Rockin’ the Rails.

They are: People’s Choice & Best Meal – Studio MV’s Red Beans & Rice and Tabasco Saucetructural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, Best Original Design and Most Cans – Greenleaf Lawson’s This Pig Can Fly; they were on display until October 30th.
The Northshore Food Bank is serving the Northshore community by providing access to basic needs since 1984. NFB is located at 840 N. Columbia Street. They are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. To 12 noon. Call 985-893-3003 or visit them online at northshorefoodbank.org

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Northshore Food Bank Feeds 8,000 Per Year With Local Support

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In 1984, nine churches came together in Covington to establish the Food Bank Inc. of St. Tammany. From a small building on Columbia Street, 30 volunteers served 40 families per week in that first year of operation.
Thirty-five years later, the name has changed to Northshore Food Bank, the building is now a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse, and the numbers served have increased to nearly 8,000 people per year, but the mission – and the need – remain the same in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.
“We never turn anyone away,” said Terri Turner-Marse, CEO of the Northshore Food Bank. “When individuals reside outside of our service region, we will redirect them to a closer food pantry after we have provided the initial service.”
Indeed, Feeding America’s 2018 Map the Meal Gap data found that 18.2 percent of Washington Parish is food insecure, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as having a lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In neighboring St. Tammany Parish, the food insecurity rate is 9.3 percent, including more than 10,770 children.

The staggering need across the two parishes has led to an increase in clients for the streamlined operations of the Northshore Food Bank. Each week, nearly 400 people visit the food bank to pick up boxes of non-perishable food items that are prepped assembly line-style by dozens of volunteers. When fresh produce, dairy products and meats are available, those items are added to “lagniappe boxes,” which may also contain “special items,” like the leftover Easter candy recently donated by a local grocery store.
“We are very cautious of the medical or dietary restrictions of our clients,” Ginger Kunkle, Volunteer Coordinator, explained, pointing to a stack of boxes containing chocolate Easter bunnies and marshmallow candies. “These are added sparingly to the lagniappe boxes, and we hand them out as available.”
To receive the food boxes, clients must first complete an application, and when approved, they receive vouchers. Once the vouchers are awarded, they need only pull up to the distribution warehouse drive-through, and volunteers review the vouchers and load the appropriate food boxes into the clients’ cars.
“Distributions are based on federal poverty guidelines and family size. They can get from 35 pounds up to 240 pounds of food per month, depending on the size of the family,” Kunkle said. “The vouchers take out the guesswork and really streamline the process.”
In recent years, however, the food bank has noted an increase in the number of families and individuals who are “on edge, financially,” Kunkle added. These people may not meet the federal poverty income guidelines, but they are still in need. In response, Northshore Food Bank created the ‘Feed the Gap’ program in 2017. Using community donations, those families can get help through the program to overcome temporary hardships, she explained.
The food bank’s Summer Stock program was also created to respond to a high need among children, Kunkle said.
“About 44 percent of St. Tammany Parish’s kids are on free/reduced meal programs available in St. Tammany Parish. Washington Parish provides meals at no cost to any students. Our Summer Stock program provides these kids with easy-open food items that they can just open and eat during the summer months,” she said.
Getting food to the families who need it is a top priority for Northshore Food Bank, but it isn’t always easy, Kunkle noted. Transportation was the number one issue reported by clients in a recent survey, she said, and many clients arrive on foot or bicycle to redeem their vouchers.  For those clients, special guidelines are in place to limit the weight of the boxes to ensure easier travels, she explained.
All told, Northshore Food Bank distributes more than one million pounds of food every year to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Approximately 40 percent of the food distributed by the food bank comes from Second Harvest, a Feeding America Agency, with the remaining 60 percent coming from donations from local businesses and the community. More than 100 regular volunteers support the food bank by registering participants, packaging and distributing boxes to clients.
One of those volunteers, Jason Fontenelle, a Louisiana Healthcare Connections Community Health Worker, described the 12 hours per month he spends at Northshore Food Bank as “deeply rewarding.”

Louisiana Healthcare Connections Community Health Worker Jason Fontenelle helps load pre-packaged boxes of food into a client’s car at the Northshore Food Bank in Covington. Many clients drive for an hour or more to receive services at the food bank, staff say.

“They are really wonderful people who genuinely care about the communities they’re serving,” Fontenelle said. “Many of the clients drive for more than an hour to come to the Northshore Food Bank because they are treated with such dignity here. They aren’t just giving out food here; they’re giving out hope, and that’s very important to families who are struggling.”
The food bank’s commitment to fighting hunger at the community level is why Louisiana Healthcare Connections is providing Northshore Food Bank with distribution boxes, removing a significant operating expense for the organization.
“Northshore Food Bank does a wonderful job of addressing food insecurity for hundreds of families every month, and because hunger can negatively impact health, we knew we wanted to help support their efforts – not just with the boxes, but also by providing volunteer support,” said Jamie Schlottman, Louisiana Healthcare Connections CEO & Plan President. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to show our appreciation for their work in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, where the need is so great.”
“Louisiana Healthcare Connections has made a massive impact on our operations, and we are so grateful for that,” said Jamie Andrepont, Development Director. “What we do here is so important, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our community and local partners.”
According to Kunkle, the importance of what the Northshore Food Bank does is exactly what keeps the organization’s many volunteers and donors coming back.
“Not long ago, a lady brought in her son’s wrestling team to volunteer, and once she got here, and saw what we do, she arranged to come back again with her younger son. She was just moved by the need that she saw here,” Kunkle said. “And she’s right. The need is here. And that is why we do what we do.”
To learn more about the Northshore Food Bank, or to find out how to donate or volunteer, visit www.northshorefoodbank.org, call (985) 892-5282, or email info@northshorefoodbank.org.

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Inaugural Tammany Turkey Trot

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The Inaugural Tammany Turkey Trot is like a highlight reel of the areas that make Covington & St. Tammany such a great place to live. Ready to experience the history of downtown Covington, or show it off to your visiting family and friends?
Athletes will start their Thanksgiving run with the St. Tammany Courthouse as their backdrop just north of downtown Covington. From there, both 5K and 5 mile runners will make their way through downtown and into the splendor of moss-covered trees that line the streets. At St. Paul’s High School runners will head slightly west towards Jefferson Street before turning north. From there, it’s a straight shot for home!
5 Mile runners will finish with a scenic jaunt further south past more beautiful homes before rejoining with the 5K course and heading north on Jefferson. The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, from 8 – 10 a.m. To benefit the North Shore Food Bank.

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Food For Fines at St. Tammany Parish Library

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St. Tammany Parish Library offers Food For Fines from Tuesday, September 4 to Saturday, September 29. The Library will forgive your fines for bringing in canned food to benefit partnering local food banks.

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Local Storm Relief Efforts Underway

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Covington Pulls Together to offer financial support, food and supplies to those in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As tragic and devastating as this type of storm situation can be, it also shows that while the media would like to portray a crumbling society that is at each others’ throats, people will risk their own safety to help people of other colors, races, ages and genders, with no expectation of anything in return. Following is information about local efforts underway. Covington is technically still under a flash flood watch until Thursday, August 31.

The Northshore Food Bank (located at 840 N. Columbia St.) is collecting items for storm relief. From NFB: “In support of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the Northshore Food Bank will be a disaster relief collection site for Second Harvest Food Bank. The food bank is accepting non perishable food and cleaning supplies Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact the Northshore Food Bank at 985-893-9958 for more information. *No clothing donations please*”

The Covington Rotary Club is coordinating efforts with other area Rotary Club Chapters to get supplies to exactly where they are needed. “Covington Rotary is a small group of humble community leaders dedicated to making the world a better place one act of service at a time. Immediately after the recent landfall of Hurricane Harvey, the Covington Rotary Club sprang into action and frankly have not stopped since. Adopting the Brazosport Rotary Club of Lake Jackson, TX – gave us eyes on the ground to better assess the needs and how we could be of service to our neighbors to the West. With all the effort comes costs, and without more funds our efforts will fall short of their potential. So please find it in your heart to give and give generously to our efforts.” Contact Covington Rotary Club at covrotary@gmail.com and find them on Facebook.

Some of our St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employees are part of Team Cajun Invasion. They are collecting relief items to be delivered to the flood victims in Texas. They have asked for the following items:
Cleaning items, Hand sanitizer, Baby wipes, Diapers, Work gloves, Heavy duty garbage bags, First aid items, Toiletries, New bed sheets, New towels, Soap
Donations can be brought to Justice Center in Downtown Covington, to our Administrative Office on Brownswitch in Slidell or to our Training Center in Pearl River. Drop off times are Monday through Friday 8-4:30. After hours, donations can be left on the porch of the Law Office of Spell and Spell (1225 N. Columbia Street, Covington).

From the St. Tammany Humane Society: “Through the generosity of our community, we successfully secured a warehouse located at 78263 Hwy 25 in North Covington (1/4 mile passed the Dollar General on the left-hand side.) The space will be used as a temporary donation drop off for pet-related supplies to be redistributed to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations will be accepted starting Wednesday, 10:00 am. Please find a list of the most-needed items below.

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Hurricane Relief Efforts At Northshore Food Bank

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In an effort to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, The Northshore Food Bank (located 840 N. Columbia Street in Covington) will be a disaster relief collection site for Second Harvest Food Bank. We are accepting non perishable food and cleaning supplies Monday-Thursday 9 AM- 12 PM. Contact us at 985-893-9958 for more information.

*No clothing donations please*