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A community garden network in central Louisiana, the Good Food Project, received a $75,000 grant this week from the Central Louisiana Community Foundation. It will allow the sustainable gardening nonprofit to start 10 additional community gardens and help feed more than 5,200 people through the expansion during the year, according to Food Bank of Central Louisiana executive director Jayne Wright-Velez.

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The Food Bank of Central Louisiana will be cooking up ratatouille for its first demonstration in the Nutrition on Wheels or N.O.W. truck that is set to roll into the town of Oberlin in Allen parish on Wednesday.

The grant-funded N.O.W. truck is equipped with a full kitchen. It will park in small central Louisiana towns this fall with staff demonstrating healthy cooking techniques, according to Food Bank of Central Louisiana executive director Jayne Wright-Velez.

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The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is stuffing 1,200 backpacks with food as it launches its school backpack program next week. The Food Bank has partnered with 26 elementary schools in seven central Louisiana parishes. On Fridays, children in the program receive a backpack full of food that will help keep them from going hungry over the weekend. The Food Bank’s executive director Jayne Wright-Valez said she works with school principals to identify the children in need.