NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

The recipient entity's physical address:
           700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70123

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70123

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          From Second Harvest’s Articles of Incorporation:
There shall be one class of membership, and the membership of the corporation shall consist of the Archbishop or Administrator of the Archdioceses of New Orleans, who shall ex-officio be the sole member of the corporation.
Other officers listed with the Louisiana Secretary of State:
Natalie Jayroe, President
Elizabeth Darcey, Director
Robert Marks, Officer

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  6468

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $2,500,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Nick Karl, CHAIR
6750 Louisville St
New Orleans, LA 70124

Bert Wilson, VICE CHAIR
711 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Kristen Albertson, SECRETARY
1500 E. Clark Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
909 Poydras Street, Suite 3100
New Orleans, LA 70112

4208 Lake Villa Drive
Metairie, LA 70002

Robert Marks, PAST CHAIR
155 Woodside Dr
Mandeville, LA 70448

Justin Back
239 Thibodaux Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503-4441

Cathy Kanter Bart
12 Audubon Place
New Orleans, LA 70118

Julie Borsch
400 Stewart Ave
River Ridge, LA 70123

Very Rev. David Caron, OP D.Min.
775 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124

Eric Danos
3878 West Main Street
Gray, LA 70359

Jeff Entwisle
Archdiocese of New Orleans
7887 Walmsley Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

Wally Gundlach
5919 Perrier
New Orleans, LA 70115

Dana Henry
7600 Hansbrough St
New Orleans, LA 70127

G. Ben Johnson
New Orleans Chamber
1515 Poydras St, Suite 1010
New Orleans, LA 70112

Todd Lambert
Summit Financial
326 Heymann Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503

Lang J. Le
13435 Granville St
New Orleans, LA 70129

Anne Milling
1625 Palmer Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

Nancy Moragas
Hancock Whitney Bank
28 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Ayesha Motwani
1107 Webster Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Machelle Payne
1444 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Mark Preston
Capital One
201 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170

Sally Boyce Reinhart
148 Sunset Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Donna Richardson
1024 Phillip Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Robert Sheninger
440 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008

Dennis Stine
6124 W Myrtle Bay Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rachel Taravella
1330 Eleonore St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Dana Belaire Topham
509 Huntley Ave
Lafayette, LA 70508

Paula Waters
36 Fairway Oaks Dr
New Orleans, LA 70131

Natalie Jayroe
President & CEO
Second Harvest Food Bank
700 Edwards Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70123

Elisha Darcey
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Second Harvest Food Bank
700 Edwards Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70123

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Second Harvest Food Bank’s request for $2.5 million in capital outlay dollars was approved for funding in 2019. These funds are allowing Second Harvest to make critical infrastructure improvements that will increase our capacity to fight hunger in South Louisiana.
At Second Harvest’s 200,000 square foot warehouse in Jefferson Parish, the aging roof was 30 years old and urgently needed to be replaced. We are also installing climate control systems and the required insulation and electrical upgrades in the 50,000 square foot main section of our warehouse. The full cost of this project is $3.3 million. We have been awarded $2.5 million in capital outlay funds, and the sources of our local match funding include private donations raised for Second Harvest capital campaign fund.
The new roof is critical for the infrastructure and mission of Second Harvest. From our main warehouse in Jefferson Parish, we provide more than 50 million meals annually – and $91 million in goods and services – to the most vulnerable children, families and seniors living in 23 South Louisiana parishes. Our food and operating capacity have been at risk due to the deteriorating condition of the roof and ongoing leaks and repairs.
Climate control will ensure that we have a safe work environment for staff and volunteers, help us double the number of volunteers our facility can accommodate each year, and allow for a longer shelf life for our dry food products.
These projects are part of a larger capital improvement effort to renovate and expand the capacity of our food and nutrition center with the goal of ending hunger in South Louisiana. In 2010, Second Harvest moved into its 200,000 square foot headquarters in Harahan, Louisiana. This warehouse is seven times the size of the previous facility, and this additional space was needed to help Second Harvest grow to fully meet the needs of South Louisiana residents. Ten years later, we must renovate the building to better serve hungry families, and, with our role as a disaster response agency, to improve our ability to prepare for and respond to disasters of all kinds.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $3,333,600
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Every year, Second Harvest rescues millions of pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste. Our work ensures that these meals make it to the dinner tables of thousands of families struggling with hunger every day in South Louisiana. Last year, Second Harvest provided more than 50 million meals to those in need. We significantly increased food distribution in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and four major hurricanes.
Founded in 1982, Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest hunger-fighting organization in Louisiana. We are leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana through food access, advocacy, education and disaster response. Second Harvest feeds 250,000 individuals annually through a network of nearly 700 partner agencies in 23 parishes spanning the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. These partner agencies are local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches, community centers, schools and other non-profits that depend on Second Harvest to provide meals to children, adults and seniors.
The public relies on Second Harvest’s vital and respected role in disaster response. Second Harvest prepares year-round, so that when a disaster strikes we are ready to help local residents. Second Harvest has been on the front lines through it all: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac, Harvey, Laura, Delta, Zeta, and Ida; the oil spill in the Gulf; and devastating floods and tornadoes. Pandemics are also part of our disaster response plan, and Second Harvest responded to the overwhelming needs caused by COVID-19 and its impacts.
One in five families (and one in four children) in Louisiana struggle with hunger. In our 23-parish service area, nearly 400,000 individuals are food insecure – meaning they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. This number increased significantly in 2020. They include people laid off from the tourism, hospitality, and the oil and gas industries seeking help for the first time; children going to bed hungry; working parents struggling to put food on the table; and seniors isolating in their homes and making difficult choices between groceries and other basic needs. Now inflation and the rising cost of food, gasoline, and other basic necessities is causing more food insecurity.
Hunger is a problem that impacts health, education and workforce development – threatening the well-being of children and adults and undermining the stability of our economy. Hungry children are sick more often, suffer developmental impairments, have difficulty learning in school, and are less likely to graduate high school, ultimately impacting job readiness and potential lifetime earnings. Children who are hungry are more likely to grow into unhealthy adults – hunger is a risk factor for chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Adults who experienced hunger as children are not well-prepared physically, mentally and socially to perform effectively in the contemporary workforce – they create a workforce pool that is less competitive, with lower levels of educational and technical skills, and constrained human capital. Hunger also leads to greater healthcare costs for families and employers, as well as absenteeism, turnover and lower productivity in the workplace.
Second Harvest relies on strong public-private partnerships to serve South Louisiana residents. Approximately 25% of the food and funds we receive annually comes through partnerships with the USDA, the Louisiana Departments of Agriculture and Forestry, Children and Family Services and Education, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. In times of disasters, Second Harvest works with local governments to distribute millions of pounds of food, water and emergency supplies. And we have an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Health to distribute critical vaccines through our network in the case of a pandemic.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Second Harvest provides vital programs and services that build sustainability for low-income and working class families and the entire community. Food banks, like Second Harvest, meet the gap left by federal nutrition programs, ensuring that no children, families or seniors fall through the cracks. These public-private partnerships can prevent the unnecessary health, educational and economic problems caused by hunger.
The new roof is a critical component of our warehouse renovation and is needed to protect the food we distribute and our staff and volunteers. Food safety standards require safe and appropriate facilities to protect against contamination. The roof was 30 years old and became more and more compromised with every rain and wind event. We spent thousands of dollars annually to continually repair the roof. The current insulation was also inadequate above our 40,000 square foot coolers and freezer, causing refrigeration units to operate inefficiently and age prematurely. The new roof will come with insulation that will lower energy costs and our annual maintenance costs.

Adding climate control to the 50,000 square foot main section of our warehouse will create a safer and more productive work environment for our staff and volunteers and protect our food inventory. We have an opportunity to engage more Louisiana residents as volunteers in our mission to fight hunger. Volunteers perform critical tasks such as sorting non-perishable food donations and repacking bulk donations of fresh produce or items like rice. Last year, community members contributed more than 100,000 volunteer hours – the equivalent of 52 full-time staff. With a climate-controlled environment, we have the opportunity to expand our volunteer spaces and double the number of volunteers we can accommodate each year. With 115 paid employees, doubling the number of volunteers will make an enormous difference in our capacity to fight hunger.

With help from the state of Louisiana and capital outlay funds, these critical infrastructure improvements will allow for dramatic improvement in our programs, helping children, families, and seniors access the food and services they need to live healthier, more productive lives.

Our ultimate goal is to end hunger in South Louisiana by doubling our capacity to meet the needs of our community and provide 70 million meals annually to people in need. This requires a multimillion dollar investment to fully realize an innovative, efficient, and comprehensive food distribution and disaster response system— a state-of-the-art regional food center. To reach this goal, the entire community – public and private partners, donors, volunteers and advocates - must come together to fight hunger.

The planned renovation and expansion of Second Harvest’s innovative food and nutrition center will help reach our goal by:
• Improving and expanding services across each of our 23 parishes;
• Enhancing our capacity to accept and distribute better quality and larger quantities of food;
• Minimizing food waste and producing more nutritious meals in our Community Kitchen;
• Growing community programs serving those who struggle with hunger;
• Engaging entire communities and expanding volunteer opportunities so everyone can actively fight hunger; and
• Strengthening Second Harvest’s vital role in times of disaster and day after day.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Work began on the roof replacement and climate control installation in October 2020 and the project is expected to be completed by December 2022.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Office of Management and Finance
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1000
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Food Distribution Division
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 4002
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Louisiana Department of Education
Child and Adult Care Food Program
1201 N. 3rd St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Louisiana Department of Education
Summer Feeding School Food Program
1201 N. 3rd St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
627 N 4th St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Office of Management and Finance
Nature of the contract: Warehouse Services and Storage – District 1 School Commodities

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Food Distribution Division
Nature of the contract: Receipt, Storage and Distribution of Donated Commodities (TEFAP)

Louisiana Department of Education
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Nature of the contract: Distribution of Prepared Meals to Afterschool Tutorial Programs

Louisiana Department of Education
Summer Feeding School Food Program
Nature of the contract: Distribution of Prepared Meals to Summer Camp Programs

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
Nature of the contract: SNAP application assistance and SNAP-Ed (nutrition education)

Contact Information
name:  Heather Sweeney 
                                       address:  700 Edwards Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70123

                                       phone:  5047292839
                                       fax:  8047338336
                                       relationship to entity:  Director of Development