New Orleans has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis, and perhaps one of the biggest issues the community is facing right now is mounting food insecurity for millions of people. Due to widespread business closures nationwide, and specifically in the city of New Orleans, those working in the hospitality industry no longer have a stable income. It will become increasingly difficult for these workers to feed themselves and their families, exacerbating city-wide food shortages as non-profits, food banks, and faith-based organizations struggle to feed thousands of homeless and low-income New Orleanians.
Lucy's Community Kitchen, by the folks at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, strives to support the city in two ways. First, the restaurant is committed to providing low-cost meals to anyone in need. Every day, Lucy's will offer an array of to-go meals at a discounted price of $5 or less. Meals will be given free of charge to those who cannot afford it. Second, Lucy's plans to donate meals to those on the front lines of this crisis: doctors and nurses, first responders, government employees, community centers, non-profits, and faith-based organizations.
Since Lucy's created their collaborative Community Kitchen project on March 19, they have provided around 200 community meals and donated an additional 500 meals to workers at Touro Hospital ER, the Ochsner Operations Team, NOLA Tree Project/Second Harvest, New Orleans City Hall, and New Orleans First Responders. They have created a GoFundMe page, and all of the money raised will go towards purchasing food, condiments, and to-go packaging for community and donated meals. Donate here.