It is important to our organization to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Under the leadership of Zondra Jones, 2nd Vice President, SGMP Louisiana participates in quarterly community engagement projects.
More than 13.1 million children in the United States are food insecure. Additionally, 14.5 million children live in poverty. Those are alarming statistics. Join SGMP La for our Fall 2022 Community Involvement Campaign @ the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Saturday October 22 from 8 am to Noon for a day of sorting donations. You must pre-register on the website using this link:
Don't forget to wear your SGMP La Chapter shirts.
Steps to Schedule:
All volunteers must schedule their volunteer experience and complete their volunteer waiver in advance by utilizing our online scheduling program on our website. ALL volunteers must have signed the electronic waiver form prior to volunteering. Children under 18 must have the waiver signed electronically by a parent or guardian.
Step 1: Create a volunteer profile and sign the electronic waiver online.
Step 2: Select October 22 from the calendar of volunteer opportunities.
Step 3: Schedule yourself for your SGMP La Shift.
Parking & Check-In
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is located at 10600 S. Choctaw Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70815. The Food Bank is located in the old Fraenkel Furniture and Mattress Warehouse. You will enter the building Monday through Friday through our front entrance on the W. Dual side of the building. The red Volunteer door in the back near the loading dock is for Saturdays only. You may double park. Please give the receptionist your vehicle description when you enter. Please refrain from parking in any of the Merck building parking lots. Upon arriving to volunteer, volunteers are required to check-in on the laptop or sign-in sheet for their volunteer shift. Volunteers will create a name tag at this time.
Volunteers should dress casually and wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes such as sneakers, work shoes, or boots if they will be working in the warehouse. Volunteer work sometimes gets messy! Aprons are provided in the warehouse. Volunteers are reminded that the warehouse is not climate controlled and should dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
The Summer Community Involvement Campaign was a success! We collected over 8 boxes & bags of school supplies and personal care items for the children attending GT Wood Elementary School in Kenner. Thank you to everyone that contributed! Principal Dwemer says all the students will be very grateful for our support! Thank you to Carolyn Barrett, CGMP with Visit Kenner for delivering all the items to the school.
For the third year, we collected non-perishable food items including peanut butter for the Spread the Love Campaign. This year our donations and collected items were delivered by Melissa Lee to the "Bless Your Heart Foundation" non-profit located in Larose, Louisiana. Many residents are still experiencing the impact of Hurricane Ida in this area of the State. Additional items collected
included socks and underpants for 4 to 10 year old children, school supplies, cracker and pretzel snacks, gold fish, teddy grahams, single serve non-refrigerated juice or sport drinks.
LeAnna Toups Bennett led the Community Involvement Initiative for Fall 2021. She organized the Chapter Initiative to join with the LaNIGP's collection drive to benefit Blue Star Mothers Program. LaNIGP prepared care packages to send to the many local female soldiers and service women deployed in other countries. She collected and dropped off the items donated.
Winter 2020/Spring 2021:
Back for a second year, we raised $300 to purchase peanut butter for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Peanut butter is a shelf-stable source of protein that food banks need continuously. We were able to deliver 40 jars of peanut butter and $20 cash to the Northshore Food Bank.
"We so appreciate the Society of Governmental Meeting Professionals choosing to support Northshore Food Bank through a peanut butter drive. It was such the perfect promotion to “spread the love”. J Peanut Butter is always one of the top most needed items as it is an item in the staple box we provide, but is also one of least donated as it is a higher priced item in the stores. We are always grateful for those donations."
- Yvette Roussel, Northshore Food Bank
Socks are the number one most requested item in homeless shelters nationwide. We collected 252 pairs of socks and donated them the Bishop Ott Shelter ran by St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge.