According to Marak, there are 200 food banks across the United States, five of them in Louisiana. The local food bank services seven parishes — Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, DeSoto and Red River. Within those parishes, about 95,000 people live below the poverty level.
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Here’s an interesting thought. Why is it that Louisiana and neighboring state Mississippi are always on the bottom of every national ranking involving virtually every aspect of a state’s quality of life? Yet casino gambling is widespread throughout both states at a level not found any place else in America outside of Las Vegas.
On April 28, citizens of Shreveport face a choice: Fund basic city services or plunge the city into fiscal chaos. It would have been inconceivable 20 years ago that routine tax renewals to fund the fire and police departments and other basic city services would not have the collective support of the city’s business, civic and political leadership.