FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Debra South Jones
Just the Right Attitude
New Orleans, LA, May 4, 2009 – Local food bank, Just the Right Attitude (JTRA) is at capacity. They are assisting the largest number of first time applicants in their history. Families who formerly were in an economic position to donate to the food bank now find themselves seeking assistance.
JTRA provides a vital resource in a greatly underserved community. Families who must choose between buying food and paying rent have another choice, thanks to JTRA. Families who wish to rebuild their lives in New Orleans East, after so many of the disaster response providers have left the area; have a consistent, reliable and vital resource to keep food on their tables.
JTRA is already meeting increased demand for food service to the people of New Orleans, especially New Orleans East and the surrounding areas. In the coming year, JTRA will achieve the following:
• 3.5 million pounds of food distributed
• 550,000 individuals served
• 130,000 hot meals provided
However, due to rising unemployment rates JTRA now finds itself in the unfamiliar position of reaching out to the community requesting assistance instead of offering assistance. If you would like to see this organization continue serving the community you may make a monetary donation in two ways:
Just The Right Attitude
P.O. Box 827194
New Orleans, LA 70187
2. Making a secure online donation at: http://jtra.org/help.html and click on the “Make a Donation” button.
If you are unable to make a financial contribution but still wish to support this much needed community resource, JRTA is always in need volunteers to assist us at the food bank. When addressing the need for community support at JTRA, Reggie added… “Come volunteer for 3 hours and you’ll be hooked – you’ll want to come every week. I promise you’ll have a real appreciation for those who don’t have enough to eat.”
JTRA has won several awards for its service to the community including the “Lindy Boggs Hunger Awareness Award” in 2006. Executive Director Debra South Jones was voted one of the 40 International Unsung Heroes in 2007. She was voted Role Model of the Year in 2004, Business Woman of the Year in 2006, and first runner-up to the Kramer Award by Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.