Monday, September 19

Southern University Ag Center staff lends a helping hand in Response to Historic Flood

SU Ag Center Nutrition Educator Kiyana Kelly, standing on the  right, distributes toys and clothing to East Baton Rouge Parish residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

East Baton Rouge Parish Extension Office Chair Marquetta Anderson, standing on left, distributes supplies and clothing to flood victims.

Baton Rouge, LA – On August 13, 2016 prolonged rainfall in the southern region of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of homes and businesses. According to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, roughly 110,000 (31%) homes in East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish were affected.

SU Ag Center’s Families First – Nutrition Education and Wellness System (FF-NEWS) Nutrition Educators Marquetta Anderson and Kiyana Kelly, along with Family and Human Development Parent Educator, Jasmine Thomas, went out into the community to assist local social services sites where they regularly provide educational programming.

On Thursday, August 25, 2016 the SU Ag Center staff distributed supplies to over 300 EBR residents at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The Convoy of Care from Atlanta, Ga. sent six tractor trailers of supplies to assist the residents affected. The convoy was organized by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E). Additionally, on August 26, 2016, SU Ag Center staff volunteered at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center and distributed supplies to residents in need.

Anderson, who is also the Chair of the East Baton Rouge Parish Extension Office, stated “It is important that the EBR community knows that the SU Ag Center’s staff is here to serve during this devastating time. Both SU and LSU Ag Center’s are committed to assisting our clientele through programmatic efforts.”


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