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Marissa Winters

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Marissa has lived in Lafayette since 2014 and quickly fell in love with Louisiana culture, community spirit and the amazing food!! A former teacher, Marissa is now teaching us all about food insecurity and how we can get involved in the fight against hunger. To learn more, or to get help please visit Second Harvest Food Bank’s website at no-hunger.org. Marissa has a 3 year old named Jackson and absolutely loves being his Mama. Follow along with them as they navigate the waters of toddler years, co-parenting, and so much more.
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Dear Drew Brees … With Love, From Louisiana

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To Recline or Not Recline: Airplane Etiquette

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Halftime Show: A Full-Time Lesson in Kindness

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