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Bowl Painting Party Prepares Locals for Food Bank of NWLA’s Biggest Annual Fundraiser

The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year in June, but the non-profit is getting ready for it now. It’s holding a Community Bowl Painting Party tomorrow night at the old Liz Claiborne store in the Louisiana Boardwalk. Executive Assistant Kendall Smith says demand for the Food Bank’s services is greater than ever, mainly due to funding cuts.

“Our USDA has been cut by about 30-percent,” Smith says. “So that’s usually around, I’d say, about 35-percent of our warehouse inventory that has been cut, that we’ve had to make up for.”

A recent donation by Smithfield Foods and Brookshire’s has certainly helped, though. “[They] donated 20,000 pounds of frozen product, and we’re very thankful for that,” she says. “That’ll go a long way, but we’ve still got a little bit more to go.”

A $5 donation is all it takes to go out and paint a ceramic bowl. But the Food Bank is providing all the supplies you’ll need, plus food and live music while you’re there. The bowls will be used at the June 6th fundraiser at Eldorado Casino. We’ll be bringing you more details on that as the event gets closer.

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