By Valeria Renée Rivera, Public Relations Intern, Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries of Southern Louisiana is hosting weekly food giveaways to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Countless volunteers load cars and baskets with food to distribute to others. For the first time since the project started, on June 17, organizers added children’s meals to their supply as a supplement for the food they would have received for school lunches.
Since April, the Mid-City Giveaway has provided food to families with the help of the New Orleans District B City Councilman Jay Banks and Second Harvest Food Bank. Every Wednesday, food is distributed to those who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at 3400 Tulane Avenue, on the parking lot of Goodwill’s corporate office, from 9:30 a.m. until supplies run out.
“Our mission is to strengthen families and communities,” said Goodwill interim president and CEO Jodee Daroca. “Through these unprecedented times, Goodwill is looking for alternative ways to serve our clients. We are proud to partner with Councilman Banks and Second Harvest.”
It is estimated that the giveaway feeds 500 families every week.