Updated: Hay, school supplies among the needs of flood-ravaged Louisiana

Following widespread flooding across south Louisiana, support from Texas has included hay donations and collections of school supplies. Learn more about these ways to help.

Update: In addition to the contacts below, a multi-agency warehouse has been announced by FEMA for donated household goods, personal care items and non-perishable food. Read delivery instructions here.

The need to house, care for, and feed displaced animals still persists. Available facilities and personnel are adequate, but hay is needed for large animals, as well as funds for other supplies to continue sheltering animals and pets.

To inquire about hay needs, contact Kathy Labatut at the Louisiana Farm Bureau, 225-922-6200. The LFB is coordinating a hay clearinghouse.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, supported by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, announced a Louisiana Animal Relief Fund to supplement donations made directly to individual shelters.

For your use, the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture provides these high resolution, downloadable flood photos and continuing recovery news from the LSU Ag Center News and Media Center.

For the many youth whose families are dealing with property damage and financial hardship, the LSU Ag Center is coordinating a school supply drive. Requested supplies are listed here (pdf).

Donations are welcome from all. Our own Texas 4-H is encouraging members to consider the collection of schools supplies as a One Day 4-H service project for the upcoming annual event on October 8.

Supplies may be shipped to the LSU Ag Center Warehouse, Attn: 4-H School Supply Drive, 4161 Gourrier Ave, Baton Rouge LA 70808.

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