Food pantry renamed after late pastor Tickles _lowres

Photo provided by Claudia J. Fisher -- A dedication ceremony was held for the Odell and Lou Tickles Food Pantry in Zachary near Slaughter on June 13. Formerly named the Greater Philadelphia Baptist Church Food Pantry, the pantry serves residents in Pride, parts of Zachary and Slaughter in East Feliciana Parish. Attending the ceremony, from left, are Sen. Mack 'Bodie' White, Greater Philadelphia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Everett, Deacon Robert Hamilton, Deacon Hewitt Lee, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank agency relations coordinator Gloria Anderson and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel; and back row, Deacon Larry Stone, Metro Councilman Trae Welch and Deacon Roger Sanford.

A dedication ceremony for the Odell and Lou Tickles Food Pantry was held June 13 at the Cook Road site.

Previously named the Greater Philadelphia Baptist Church Food Pantry, the facility has been renamed in memory of the church’s late pastor, the Rev. Odell Tickles, a Slaughter resident who died in 2011 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s, and his wife Lou.

Located at 24497 Cook Road in Zachary near Slaughter, the food pantry is a member agency of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, a nonprofit whose mission is to feed the hungry by providing food and educational outreach through more than 115 member agencies in 11 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Members agencies include food pantries, churches, soup kitchens, shelters and other facilities.

The Odell and Lou Tickles Food Pantry serves residents in Pride, parts of Zachary and Slaughter in East Feliciana Parish with monthly food distributions for those meeting the necessary requirements.

In 2015, the food bank distributed more than 8.7 million meals to those facing hunger, according to agency relations coordinator Gloria Anderson.

“The food bank relies on community support from those who give food, funding and time, and each dollar generously donated makes a difference, as $1 provides enough food for four meals,” Anderson said.