Free food delivery for at-home seniors begins Monday

Kenny Kuhn
March 26, 2020 - 10:58 am

Free meal delivery service will begin soon for low-income, home-bound, seniors in New Orleans who are at a greater risk of severe illness if exposed to COVID-19.

Starting Monday, March 30, the World Central Kitchen will prepare and package individual meals for seniors. The meals will be refrigerated and delivered to the door of those in need on Mondays and Thursdays by volunteers working with Hands On New Orleans and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

"World Central Kitchen mobilizes with the urgency of now to get fresh meals to people when they need them most," said World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook. "We are honored to be working with the City of New Orleans to share not just plates of food with the community — we know every New Orleanian agrees that a meal in a time of need also means hope, dignity, and a reminder that someone cares about you."

Low-income seniors who are experiencing a shortage on food during the stay home mandate should call 3-1-1 or go to nola311.org/service-request to request meal delivery.

Volunteers are needed to help deliver the packaged meals on Mondays and Thursdays. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can register here.

Volunteers must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Are 18 years or older (Drivers may not be older than 59)
  • Have not experienced symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have not been around anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have not traveled to a foreign country in the last 14 days
  • Have not been on a cruise or been in an airport in the last 14 days
  • Have not attended an event where more than 50 people were in attendance in the last 14 days

 

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