May 11, 2012
For Immediate Release
Entergy Services, Inc.
Lafayette donation site planned for May 16 food drive
LAFAYETTE, La. - An Entergy bucket truck will soon be used to
provide a completely different service for the community -
On Wednesday, May 16, Entergy and Second Harvest Food Bank of
Greater New Orleans and Acadiana plan to "Fill the
Bucket Truck with 2,000 Meals" to help address the
increased need for emergency food assistance during summer
months when children are out of school. Food items may be
dropped off from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of
Bertrand Street and Congress Street, donors can enter the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Field at the
intersection of Bertrand Street and Reinhardt Street.
"At Entergy, we estimate that as many as 25 percent of
our residential customers live in poverty, and one in every
five children in Louisiana is at risk for hunger," said
Liz Duhon, customer service manager for Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana, L.L.C. "That's why we sponsor low-income
initiatives that give a helping hand to those in our
communities who need it most.
"The food donations we collect help provide nutritious
meals to thousands of children who might otherwise go hungry
in the summer months when schools are closed," Duhon
continued. "We hope we can count on the community's
support and generosity to make the 2012 food drive a great
Across Second Harvest Food Bank's 23-parish service area,
which includes southwest Louisiana, more than 245,000 - or 63
percent - of children in public and charter schools rely on
the federal free- and reduced-meal programs for breakfast and
lunch during the school year. However, in the summer months,
only 13 percent of these children have access to a feeding
"We are extremely grateful to Entergy for their ongoing
partnership in the fight against hunger," said Natalie
Jayroe, president and chief executive officer of Second
Harvest Food Bank. "The Entergy food drive comes at a
critical time to help stock the shelves and ensure that
children and families have access to the food they need
during summer months."
Suggestions for donated items include peanut butter, soups
and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, chili,
cereal, beans, juice, rice, pasta and crackers.
Businesses, schools and community organizations are being
encouraged to support the May 16 effort by organizing
auxiliary food drives. The Second Harvest website, located at
provides tips on how to plan successful food drives, in
addition to information about hunger programs, volunteer
opportunities and making donations.
Entergy's Louisiana utility companies serve more than one
million customers through the operating companies Entergy
Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With
operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana,
the companies are part of Entergy Corporation's electric
system serving 2.8 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas,
Mississippi and Texas.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
is leading the fight against hunger in south Louisiana
through food distribution, education, advocacy and disaster
response. Annually, Second Harvest serves approximately
263,000 people through 240 nonprofit and faith-based agencies
across 23 south Louisiana parishes - from the Mississippi
border to the Texas state line. In any given week, nearly
42,000 people access emergency food services through Second
Harvest Food Bank member agencies.