Second Harvest reaps massive donation of food

By Clarion Herald Staff

During the weekend of Oct. 21-22, Second Harvest Food Bank received the single largest donation in the organization’s history from the Produce Marketing Association (PMA).

Following the PMA Fresh Summit Convention in the Morial Convention Center, PMA exhibitors collectively donated more than 400,000 pounds of fresh produce and other food to Second Harvest.

Second Harvest food sourcing manager Megan Nuismer said this was the single largest donation of food in the organization’s 35-year history.

Hurricane victims will benefit

“We’re so honored to receive this amazing gift from the Produce Marketing Association,” Nuismer said. “Finding high-quality produce for those we serve is sometimes a challenge, and this donation will help us feed thousands of our neighbors in need across Louisiana.”

More than 200 volunteers joined Second Harvest staff to pack and load the estimated 400,000 pounds of produce and food onto two dozen 18-wheelers.

These trucks were set up in the Zephyr Field parking lot for distribution to community partners.

“This food will not only go to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in our 23-parish service area, but also to other food banks across the state. Additionally, Feeding America delivered 10 trucks of this produce to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida.”

Volunteers needed

Second Harvest Food Bank is in urgent need of volunteers to help prepare children’s meals for its after-school Kids Café program. Three volunteer shifts are available each Monday through Thursday at the Second Harvest Community Kitchen in Elmwood, 700 Edwards Ave., Harahan: 8:30-11 a.m., 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and noon to 2:30 p.m. There is also a Friday shift from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

For more information on how to help, contact Vanessa Cave-Herazo at or 729-2850.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is an affiliated ministry of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, a member of Feeding America, and a United Way partner agency.

To join the fight to end hunger, visit or follow Second Harvest on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @2ndHarvestGNOA.

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