What We Do
The Good Food Project gets at the root of hunger in Central Louisiana. We have a 1/3 acre organic demonstration garden which supplements the diets of our Food Bank clients with fresh, healthy vegetables. Through our Sustainable Gardening and Living Workshops, we educate the public all about growing, preparing, and preserving healthful food at a low-cost while respecting the health of the environment. We promote the creation of individual and group gardens across the 11-parish area served by the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
We encourage people to reconnect with healthy, homegrown food and enjoy the lifelong pleasures of gardening. Our staff can offer expertise on garden start-up and sustainability and provide seeds, tools, and other materials needed to get growing.
The Good Food Project is a model community garden network that feeds, educates, and connects Food Bank clients and the broader CENLA community, empowering people to achieve better health through sustainable gardening and access to nutritious food.
What Is the Good Food Project?
An earnest desire by the management of Keller Enterprises to provide fresh, high-quality produce, reconnect people to the food they eat, educate them about good nutrition and sustainable garden practices, and establish a boundary-free sense of community is the seed from which the Good Food Project sprouted.
Keller Enterprises, an Alexandria-based agricultural company with nationwide interests, made a substantial gift through the Central Louisiana Community Foundation to fund the initial years of the project. With continuing input from Keller Enterprises and the Community Foundation, The Food Bank of Central Louisiana administers the Good Food Project.
"Community gardens thrive in cities across the United States, and they make good sense for Central Louisiana," said Elisabeth Keller, president and CEO of Keller Enterprises. "What we like about community gardens is that you not only are growing food, you are bringing people together to do it."
Keller Enterprises, which operates Inglewood Farm just south of Alexandria, funded the Good Food Project after nearly two years of research into the nutrition and educational needs of Central Louisiana. "This is our home, our company's home base, and where our family's roots are," said Keller. "This philanthropic investment aligns with what we do as a company, making this project particularly interesting to us."
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Contact Good Food Project
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana
3223 Baldwin Avenue
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301 Phone:
Services provided in:
- Allen Parish, Louisiana
- Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana
- Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
- Concordia Parish, Louisiana
- Grant Parish, Louisiana
- La Salle Parish, Louisiana
- Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
- Rapides Parish, Louisiana
- Sabine Parish, Louisiana
- Vernon Parish, Louisiana
- Winn Parish, Louisiana