Food Bank of Central Louisiana to hold mobile distribution setup on NSU campus Wednesday, with assist from Marcus Spears

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Action shot of Marcus Spears and Spears at Turpin Stadium in 2011 as the Demon Great of the Game. Credit: NSU Photographic Services

By Jason Pugh, pughj@nsula.edu

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana, in conjunction with N-Club Hall of Famer Marcus Spears, will set up a food distribution location Wednesday at the Collins Family Pavilion on the Northwestern State campus.

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Distribution will begin at 10 a.m. and runs through 12 p.m. or until supplies are completely distributed.

According to executive director Jayne Wright-Velez, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana will have non-perishable items along with some fresh produce and frozen items to distribute as part of the group’s response to the damage caused by Hurricane Laura, which reached Natchitoches as a Category 2 storm Aug. 27.

Goods will be distributed in drive-thru fashion with recipients needing to provide photo identification. There are no income restrictions to receive any of the distributed food Wednesday. This follows the same pattern as several other stops made by the food bank in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger in central Louisiana. The Food Bank distributes food and grocery products to needy families through a network of 161 charitable agencies in the following 11 parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn.

Spears, a Demon offensive lineman from 1991-93 and a 2011 N-Club Hall of Fame inductee, has volunteered with a food bank in Houston through his church, giving him a first-hand look into the services provided by those groups.

“This is a chance to give back to what I consider my second home,” said Spears, who volunteers at the Houston food bank with his church. “There are a lot of areas that were hit by the storm, and this is a chance for us to stand with the community who stands with us.”