Hurricane Ida Relief

by Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Hurricane Ida Relief

Project Report | Oct 26, 2023
Second Harvest's Hurricane Ida Relief Work

By Amelia Whittington | Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Second Harvest is grateful to have made it through another hurricane seaon without a major storm impacting Louisiana, but the work of recovery from Hurricane Ida in the hardest-hit areas continues. This includes Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes and Grand Isle. Through the generous grantmaking of the American Red Cross, we have been able to assist our community partners in this region with essential capacity-building items to replace things lost in the storm such as refrigerators, freezers, shelving, and technology. These will also help these partners be better prepared and resilient when future storms hit. 


Second Harvest, like countless other organizations across the nation, continues to be plagued by the effects of inflation. This is not only impacting our expenses on everything from food and fuel to equipment and vehicles, but also intensely affecting the amount of food we have on hand to distribute to our neighbors. Our two main sources of food are large-scale donations from retailers such as Walmart and Winn-Dixie, and USDA commodities from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Over the past year, the amount of food received from these sources has decreased by 52%. Grocery stores became much leaner with ordering during the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning they have fewer items remaining for donation. The availability of food from the USDA’s TEFAP program has been inconsistent and unpredictable in addition to being lower in volume due to supply chain issues across the board.  These decreases in the availability of food are occurring at the same time the number of people seeking Second Harvest’s help is increasing, as families are impacted by the financial domino effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple hurricanes, and rising inflation.


While the USDA is projecting a 13% increase in the availability and distribution of TEFAP food this year and Feeding America is looking at new procurement strategies for its member food banks, the level of service our neighbors need will not be possible in the coming year without additional support.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.

Sign up for updates

Organization Information

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

Location: New Orleans, LA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @2ndHarvestGNOA
Project Leader:
Heather Sweeney
New Orleans , LA United States
$21,128 raised of $100,000 goal
31 donations
$78,872 to go
Donate Now

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Get incredible stories, promotions, and matching offers in your inbox

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.