City of New Orleans Offers COVID-19 Meal Assistance Program in Partnership with FEMA and Local Restaurants
The City of New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered in a cost-sharing program to feed the community. This program engages Revolution Foods and local restaurant partners to cook, package and deliver two meals per day to vulnerable residents for at least 30 days. Eligible recipients are COVID-impacted residents not receiving other federally supported food assistance, including seniors, adults with high-risk health conditions and special medical needs, COVID-positive individuals or those who are quarantined, homeless residents, and children under age 18.
“We know that because of COVID-19, many of our residents are unable to put food on their tables,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Local non-profit organizations have stood up in unprecedented ways to provide our people with food these last few months, and I am so grateful to them. But the need continues. That’s why we’ve partnered with FEMA and Revolution Foods to build this first-of-its-kind emergency meal program, which will help fill that gap.”
Rachel Ruth, the New Orleans JCC's Director of Senior Services, said that many of the JCC's senior members have taken advantage of this program.
Jean Lee, a JCC member receiving the meals said that "it is good local food" with "reasonable portions" and "not too spicy. Some of the meals she received include Cuban chicken with yellow rice and black beans, barbecued chicken with mashed potatoes and corn, red beans and rice with sausage, and shells with cheese served with carrots and rolls.
Fresh, nutritious meals are being prepared by more than 100 local restaurants through the Chef’s Brigade coalition along with Revolution Foods, organized and stored by the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), packaged by Revolution Foods, and delivered by d’livery NOLA to several central feeding sites and, in some cases, to residents’ homes. This program is expected to re-employ several hundred New Orleanians who have been out of work due to the pandemic.
“Chef’s Brigade is a now proven concept and system that is a true disaster-response food machine,” said Chef’s Brigade founder and Executive Director Troy Gilbert. “We've built a nimble, scalable and powerful mechanism to produce enormous quantities of nutritious New Orleans comfort foods for those in need, while providing an emergency financial lifeline to many in our beloved and culturally important restaurant industry, whether that's restaurants, purveyors or independent chefs.”
How to apply to receive meals
If you are in need of food, are in any of the following categories, and are not receiving any other federal food support, call 3-1-1 (504-658-2299) or go to nola.gov/311 to apply for this program, which serves:
- Seniors age 65 and above
- Adults with high-risk health conditions and special medical needs
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed and require isolation or quarantine
- Homeless residents
- Children under age 18