A few more locals will be enjoying a more comfortable holiday season through an initiative to fill pantries across the area that wraps up this weekend. Operation Full Pantry, established in 2014, is a volunteer and community-based food drive stemming from a desire to help the numerous neighbors living in the area that often go without.
Each year Operation Full Pantry chooses a few very special organizations to give the donated items to. This year’s recipients include The Hunger Relief Project, Louis Children’s Crisis Center, and MacDonell Children’s Services.
Terrebonne and Lafourche parish businesses have partnered for a fifth year with Operation Full Pantry including Allegiance Home Lending as the presenting sponsor for 2018’s initiative.
Multiple locations are also offering giveaways or drawings in exchange for your donations. Drop-off locations include: U-Drop Packing and Shipping, Envy Boutique, Root 2 Rise, Downtown Jeaux, The Boxer & the Barrel, The Salon Rubicon, bremly, Anela’s, Mobility Auto Glass, Planet Fitness, Eric Landry Allstate Insurance, Terrebonne Ford, Saint Matthew’s Episcopal School, Keller Williams Real Estate, Creole Lanes Bowling Alley, Felger’s Footwear, Houma Tang Soo Do, American South Mortgage Lending Houma & Thibodaux, Latter & Blum Thibodaux, The Realty Group of South Louisiana, Orange Leaf, Century 21 Houma, New York Bagel Café and Deli, Paddy Danos School of Dance, Big Daddy’s Pub & Grub, Propriete Shoppe, Zach’s Famous Frozen Yogurt, Digestive Health Center, Eye Care Specialties, Fig Café, La Carreta, Intracoastal Club, Bayou Home Care, On the Canal Bar, Barnes Rehabilitation Center, Hampton Inn & Suites, Nick J. Hebert Interior and Event Design, Bayou Region Real Estate, Interlinc Mortgage Service LLC, Randall Alfred APLC, Walther Animal Clinic, and the Terrebonne Parish Folklife Center.
On Saturday, the Operation Full Pantry board of directors and multiple volunteers will join together with the participating businesses for a final day of giving. Community members are invited to continue bringing donations to any of the drop-off points during regular business hours or the main drop-off point at Town & Country Real Estate, 5958 West Main Street, in Houma. The main drop-off point will be open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“This is a very easy way to participate in something wonderful,” said Jonathan Foret in a past interview with The Times. “You could sign up to volunteer at the main drop-off point but it doesn’t even have to be that. You pick up some groceries, you drop it off at the drop-off point Saturday and you’ve helped. Operation Full Pantry makes it easy for people to participate in something wonderful that helps people.” •