It’s fun to see how many cabbages, carrots and potatoes one can catch at the four St. Patrick’s Day parades rolling between Friday (March 15) and Sunday, but just how much of that produce can one person cook?
Don’t waste that nutritious food. Add one more step to your parade planning: Set aside time donate your haul to feed the hungry.
The Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Ave., will take all of the produce you have.
Drop it off Monday through Friday, between 7:30 and 5 p.m., at 700 Edwards Ave., in the Harahan/Elmwood area. The front door closes at 4 p.m., but on parade days the food bank will leave a big box out front for drop-offs.
“Any type of produce donation we’re really grateful for,” said Jay Vise, director of communications and marketing for the food bank. “The bulk of the donations we get is nonperishable food items which is great, but there is a great demand for fresh food.”
Food bank volunteers sort the produce, box it and then it is sent to hundreds of local community partners and programs in 23 parishes. The includes food banks and pantries as well as soup kitchens in the greater New Orleans area.
So, think about who your designated produce collector will be before you head out to one of the parades below.