The city of New Orleans recently announced the mobilization of a mass feeding program that will provide nearly 2 million hot meals a month to New Orleans residents most in need of the assistance.

The $18 million program is a cost-sharing collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide meals to a range of vulnerable residents, including high-risk health adults, residents with special medical needs, homeless residents, homebound seniors, and families with children 18 and under who are not receiving other federally supported food assistance.

“This program is an unprecedented response to the coronavirus pandemic — the first of its kind in our country — and will enable us to serve those in need right where they live,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “I want to thank the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their partnership on this effort.”

The program is being administered by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP).

“This will not only benefit our most vulnerable populations, but it also will simultaneously be an opportunity for our restaurants to continue in their recovery,” said Collin Arnold, Director, NOHSEP.

Once the program begins, it will provide about 1.8 million prepared hot meals per month as New Orleans continues to move through the various phases of its COVID-19 response.

Information for residents who need to access the meal program will be made available once a vendor is selected.

Residents can find the RFP (#624) by clicking here.

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