The Cane River Food Pantry-Helping Our Fellow Citizens for Over 20 Years

Every month, the Cane River Food Pantry gives out supplemental food packages to around 250 of our fellow citizens and their families who need a little help keeping food on the table. The COVID pandemic has added around 80 additional recipients to the usual number of families receiving help. The pantry has been in service for over 20 years and is located at 446 Martin Luther King Drive in Natchitoches.

The Cane River Food Pantry is a true community effort, staffed and run almost entirely by volunteers. NSU athletes have unloaded food trucks. Student groups from NSU have organized food donations and helped with packing food boxes and passing them out. This month, the young men and women of Scout Troop 60 from First United Methodist Church were joined by NSU’s 1st year honor society, Alpha Lamda Delta. Volunteers from different churches and community members work together to package and distribute the food. The stocks of food received from the regional food bank are supplemented by food donated by people and churches all over Natchitoches Parish.

There are a number of people in our community whose circumstances are such, either due to COVID, ill health, or lack of transportation, who cannot get to the food pantry. In that event, volunteers deliver their food packages.
The Cane River Food Pantry needs your help to continue its mission to help the less fortunate in our parish. There are trucks to unload, food to package and then hand out. There is a continual need for food donations. Right now, the pantry is in need of canned vegetables of all kinds. There are tasks suited to every level of ability. Every month, people come to the Cane River Food Pantry for assistance. Some are elderly. Some are handicapped. Some are young families, others in trying circumstances. They are our fellow citizens. They need our help.

The Cane River Food Pantry gives out food on the 2nd Saturday of every month. On the Wednesday before, food deliveries from the regional food bank are unloaded. On the Thursday before, the food boxes are packed for hand out and delivery. If you would like to donate and/or volunteer to help, please contact Ms. Donna Green at First United Methodist Church 318-357-8296.