May 8, 2020, by Tami

United Way of Southwest Louisiana will have third day of groceries for families

LAKE CHARLES, LA, May 8 – United Way of Southwest Louisiana and Second Harvest Food Bank will host a second contact-free, drive-through grocery distribution in the Prien Lake Mall parking lot for A.L.I.C.E. community members experiencing food insecurity.

A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. For these families, the COVID-19 outbreak has made it even harder to take care of basic needs. People who are part of the A.L.I.C.E. population are those that have been laid off, experienced wage/hour cuts or who are working a job that cannot be done remotely.

“Before the outbreak reached Southwest Louisiana, 27% of our families were living paycheck to paycheck while working and hovering just above the poverty line where they could not receive benefits and many of these are senior citizens,” explains Denise Durel, President & CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana. “We had positive feedback from our last two grocery distribution events and are grateful Second Harvest is able to assist us with a third.”

Drivers should enter on Prien Lake Road and follow the sheriff’s department directions to line up in front of Home Goods. Groceries are planned for 700 vehicles which is over 100,000 pounds of protein and vegetables.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Prien Lake Mall from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, May 12. For the latest information see

No registration or paperwork is required to receive the groceries and the food distribution is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Volunteers are needed for this event. Anyone wishing to assist in the passing out of groceries can visit

Anyone interested in donating to the Coronavirus Response Fund at United Way of Southwest Louisiana can visit This fund is assisting A.L.I.C.E. families with food and necessities during the outbreak.

For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana, visit or call 337.433.1088.

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