The Shepherd’s Market

COVID-19 Update

Modified Operations

The Shepherd’s Market will serve drive-thru food boxes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m. unless it becomes apparent that it isn’t safe due to COVID-19 concerns. (No Monday shift)

We are limiting volunteers to no more than eight (8) per day, so volunteers should contact Theresa Sandifer (225-337-1306 or shepherdsmarket@gmail.com) before showing up.

We will have regular Food Bank deliveries, including one on Friday March 27 at 8 a.m., and volunteers will be needed for stocking.

Food Program for Children

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Child Nutrition Department will be serving free, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch at seven school sites across the parish beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be served at the following schools:
1. Northeast Elementary
2. Progress Elementary
3. Woodlawn Elementary
4. Wildwood Elementary
5. Capitol Middle
6. McKinley Middle
7. Park Forest Middle

While supplies last, families will be able to pick up pre-packaged breakfast and lunches for children 18 years of age and younger, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays during the mandated school closure period (March 16, 2020 – April 13, 2020). At least one child must be present in order to receive school meals.

To learn more about EBR Child Nutrition and to view the menu, please visit ebrschools.org/child-nutrition.

Thank You!

Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and supporters of The Shepherd’s Market who helped on Monday March 16. You were so flexible and helpful as we modified how we served our neighbors in the Shepherd’s Market on Monday. The drive-thru worked well, but we can’t wait to be back inside the market soon. We will let you know as soon we are able to open the food pantry again.

The Shepherd’s Market is a client-choice food pantry serving the hungry and needy in south Baton Rouge.

The pantry is open every Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Doors to the pantry open one hour prior to each shift.

We have been operating for more than eight years. In that time we’ve opened more than 2,700 unduplicated files, each representing a different family. We serve 380 families per month and distribute 23,000 pounds of food per month.

The Shepherd’s Market serves 35 families per day, or 400 families per month. Our focus area includes zip codes 70808, 70809, 70810 and 70820, but we serve any family in need.

Our ninth annual Great Turkey Giveaway was Saturday December 14, 2019. We provided more than 500 turkeys and all the trimmings for wonderful Christmas dinners. Big thanks to University Lab School for providing ALL nonperishable items for the holiday meals.

See pictures of our amazing volunteers in action! Donations can be made through our PayPal – note Great Turkey Giveaway.

Read about a research project The Shepherd’s Market is part of with LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge Christian Life magazine.

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