Former local food bank recipient becomes volunteer

MONROE, La. - September is Hunger Action Month, and the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is working hard to bring attention to the growing need in our area. 

Gina Hanser a recipient turned volunteer, says the food bank helped to change her life. Hanser says five years ago she was looking for a way out of terrible situation and went to the food bank for assistance. 

"I just remember that when I left here i was able to go home and fix my kids a meal with no problem," said Hanser.  

After years of living in distress she decided it was time for a change. For not only herself, but her children. 
The leap of faith left her with a ton of bills and a  limited amount of money. 

Hanser who was gratefully appreciative of the donation said, "The food bank helped me obtain peace that day knowing that i was able to pay my rent and feed my kids.

A feeling she says she does not know if she could ever repay. She now volunteers whenever she can. 

Hoping that people know that hunger has many faces, and is not only important during the holiday season. 

"It's every day of the year that people are hungry or worried about having food for themselves or their children," said a passionate Hanser. 

From answering the phones to jumping on the assembly line. 
Hanser says volunteering at the food bank is always a fun time. An experience she says everyone should take advantage of.

"Even if it's something you have never done. It is well worth doing. If you have never thought of the food bank. Even if you have gone along and you never needed it so you never thought of it... it makes a difference," said Hanser, the one-time recipient turned proud volunteer.  

The Food Bank is hosting two more special events for Hunger Action Month. A volunteer event with a live band on Sept. 21 and a painting fundraiser on Sept. 28. For information click here


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