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Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker, right, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and other officials stuff boxes of food for the Foob Bank of Northwest Louisiana's Senior box program as part of Elected Officials Day for Hunger Action Month.
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Geraldine Slattery, general manager of BHP Billiton’s production units in the Haynesville and Fayetteville shales, Margaret Shehee, vice chairman of the Food Bank's board of directors, Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Martha Marak, executive direct of the Food Bank, and Danny Games, Corporate Affairs Manager for BHP Billiton.
Of the states with children living in poverty, Louisiana ranks among the highest. The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana and BHP Billiton are partnering to combat that.
Officials from BHP Billiton, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Bossier City Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker and other city and state officials were on hand at the Food Bank on Thursday to kick off Hunger Action Month. At the event, BHP Billiton announced its three-year investment of $150,000 to fight hunger in our community with the Food Bank’s Backpack and Senior programs.
“One of our core values at BHP Billiton is sustainability in the communities we serve,” said Geraldine Slattery, general manager of BHP Billiton’s production units in the Haynesville and Fayetteville shales. “Key to this region’s sustainability is confronting hunger, particularly among children and the elderly.”
The Backpack program provides chronically hungry children with a backpack of food for the weekend and holidays. Each seven- to 10-pound bag includesitems such as granola bars, fruit juice and pop-top canned food.
The Senior program helps seniors stretch their food budget by providing a monthly box of non-perishable food items.
Glover and Walker issued proclamations declaring the day Elected Officials Day. After the news conference, Glover, Walker and other officials helped stuff Senior program boxes at the Food Bank.