Because when you make gumbo, there's always enough to share with those you love.
We will also be collecting any items you may want to donate at our Garden District store — just leave them in our donation box at 1101 First Street on Monday, 4/20 or Wednesday, 4/22 between 11am and 2pm. More details below:
Clothing: Men's size Large + XL, clean socks, hats and men's shoes (all sizes), bags and backpacks
Linens: blankets, pillows/pillowcases, towels, sleeping pads, yoga mats, tents
Toiletries: travel size deodorant, soap, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes
Cleaning items: laundry detergent and hand sanitizer
Please ensure items are cleaned and washed to prevent virus spread.
From Southern Solidarity:
As you know, the Greater New Orleans area has been severely hit by the COVID-19 crisis. What you may not realize is there are over 1200 people currently trying to find shelter with more than 600 of those individuals left to sleep on the streets during this global pandemic. The hotel vouchers have covered less than 1/4th of this vulnerable population and people are starving with even less access to resources than before the crisis. Seeing this gap in governmental services, a small group of local educators and activists stepped up and started Southern Solidarity; for over a month we have collected donations, made food and hygiene packs according to CDC guidelines and risked our health to distribute them to unhoused community members in need. You can check out more of our efforts in this New York Times article here.
Every day Southern Solidarity feeds almost 200 people and has raised over $10,000 to do so. However, this is not enough. With local food pantries at their max, there are only so many places we can source food. We need more community members to get involved to pressure the government to care for New Orleans’ most vulnerable.