Operation Blessing finds new home

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Operation Blessing is operating out of a new facility on Cox Street in Bossier City. Glen Horton, Food Bank Coordinator, assembles a food bag, one of many that are given to qualified clients each month. Operation Blessing is a food bank program in Bossier Parish facilitated by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and operated by volunteers from the BSO's Posse and Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Operation Blessing continues to bless the community and now from a new spacious facility.

Operation Blessing, a food bank program in Bossier Parish facilitated by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, has been relocated from its former location at the BSO Viking Drive Substation to a facility on Cox Street in Bossier City (formerly the Charlotte Ann Mitchell Education Center), which also houses the Young Marines program. The move will now allow the food bank and distribution process to run more efficiently in an expanded facility and at a more centralized location.

The move also frees space at the Viking Drive substation, which will be used for training deputies.

Sgt. Tina Fruge with BSO Special Services said their previous location had a limited amount of space, which limited the amount of chairs available in the waiting area. However, the new space has more seating, which she said will be more comfortable for clients as they wait.

Operation Blessing served an average of 450 families last month. Fruge said they served 66 families the first day they opened the new facility.

Glen Horton, Food Bank Coordinator, said the move will bring positive changes to the program.

“We feel like we can better serve the community here,” he said. “We’re excited to be here.”

Operation Blessing is operated by volunteers from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Posse and Ladies’ Auxiliary. No tax dollars are used to fund the program.

The food bank is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon at 1518 Cox Street in Bossier City.

A Louisiana state issued I.D. and proof of income are required to apply.

Fruge added: “If you go to a food bank already and live in the area, continue to go there. If you need a food bank and there’s not one in your area to go to, you can come here and fill out an application to see if you qualify.”

For more information, or to apply for qualification, call (318) 965-3500 or visit www.bossiersheriff.com/operation-blessing/.