About The Shepherd’s Market


Celebrating two years of The Shepherd’s Market in 2014.

Founded in 2012, The Shepherd’s Market is a client-choice food pantry serving the hungry and needy in south Baton Rouge. The pantry is open Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10 a.m.

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.

The Shepherd’s Market Goals:

  • Eradicate hunger in south Baton Rouge
  • Feed all who seek assistance by increasing food and monetary donations
  • Share dignity and respect with all clients
  • Enlist others to partner with us

Our mission is to provide physical food for the hungry and spiritual food for the needy.


A volunteer helps a client in the computer lab.

The Shepherd’s Market is one of only two client-choice food pantries in Baton Rouge, and it is the only client-choice food pantry to offer an evening shift (Mondays). We also provide our clients computer access for job searches and applications in our computer lab. Additionally, we maintain The Shepherd’s Garden, where we grow and harvest fresh produce for our clients. These are ways we serve the hungry and feed the soul.

Our Baton Rouge food pantry is 100% volunteer-run, which means that every donated dollar is spent directly on food and household items for the families in need.

The Shepherd’s Market is the largest project of Opening Doors, a Louisiana Nonprofit Corporation. Opening Doors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We operate on the St. John’s United Methodist Church campus.

Deirdre representing The Shepherd’s Market at the 2017 Giving Campaign at L’Auberge – we appreciate the support of L’Auberge employees!


Fresh produce from The Shepherd’s Garden


Volunteer with produce from The Shepherd’s Garden