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New Orleans-Area Chefs and Restaurants Help Feed Hurricane Laura Evacuees

New Orleans restaurants, spared from Hurricane Laura, are working to feed victims and evacuees

Aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 30
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When Hurricane Laura made landfall in Lake Charles, Louisiana last week, New Orleans chef Amy Sins was ready to spring into action. By Friday, her Flood and Disaster Outreach group had coordinated with regional food bank system Second Harvest, local restaurant group LeBlanc + Smith (Sylvain, Cavan, Meauxbar), and others, to prepare, package, and deliver meals to Lake Charles residents and evacuees displaced in New Orleans.

Sins, whose organization has spent the last six months getting meals to New Orleans residents during the COVID-19 crisis, has activated such efforts with the arrival of every storm and crisis in the region for the last four years. This week, she’s joined by a handful of other local restaurants and chefs working to feed the 6,000 Hurricane Laura evacuees currently in New Orleans or the victims who remain in Lake Charles.

Johnny Sanchez, the downtown Mexican restaurant owned by Food Network personality and chef Aaron Sánchez, announced Monday that the restaurant would be closed this week while the team works on relief efforts.

NOLA Crawfish King, Chris Davis’s popular catering business and food truck, is heading to Lake Charles in partnership with Gulf Coast Disaster Relief to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner to residents there this week, Sunday through Wednesday.

Mandeville restaurateur and caterer Cayman Sinclair converted his restaurant The Lakehouse into a “makeshift relief site” last week, where he and his team began cooking for first responders, government officials, and evacuees. When that space began to flood Thursday, they relocated their efforts to his forthcoming restaurant Inn at La Provence in Northshore, where they continue to cook and package meals that are delivered to local hotels housing evacuees.

New Orleans’s Southern Food & Beverage Museum is serving as a drop-off site for supplies, children’s books, toys, diapers, and formula, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evacuees can text WELCOMENOLA to 888777 or visit the Nola Ready site for evacuees for information on resources and services during their stay in New Orleans. For places to donate and a full list of volunteer opportunities, see here.

Did we miss a local restaurant or chef participating in relief efforts for Hurricane Laura victims? Let us know.

Johnny Sanchez

930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 304-6615

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