City of New Orleans launches COVID-19 meal assistance Program to feed those in need

City of New Orleans launches COVID-19 meal assistance Program to feed those in need
Parish update related to COVID-19

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - In partnership with FEMA and local restaurants, the City of New Orleans will work with local restaurants to provide two meals a day for 30 days to eligible residents in need who are impacted by the pandemic.

The program is scheduled to begin in July.

Those who are eligible include, high-risk health adults, residents with special medical needs, homeless residents, homebound seniors, and families with children 18 and under.

Due to FEMA rules, residents currently participating in SNAP, Meals on Wheels, NOLA Public School Meal Program, and State-sponsored homeless hotel services are unable to participate in the program.

The City of New Orleans is paying for the program, however, they are getting a refund from FEMA, New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collin Arnold state in a press conference.

Any restaurants interested in applying to participate can find more information here.

Eligible residents looking to apply for the program can call 311 or go to nola.gov/311.

The city is in hopes the program will provide local jobs and lifeline to the struggling restaurant industry and it will stimulate restaurants to bring employees back to start working.

Dietary considerations will be taken into account, but each restaurant will have a set menu. There will also be home delivery and a walk-up option as well.

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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