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"For many Louisiana citizens who earn their living from the Gulf and coastal waters, this tragedy comes at the worst time," said DSS Secretary Kristy Nichols. "Many fishermen, shrimpers and oystermen earn the bulk of their incomes during short seasons of the year and are unable to work because of the current situation."
To quickly respond to the needs of individuals and families along the coastline, DSS is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to collect and distribute goods to those in need. Second Harvest accepts donations of canned and non-perishable food at 700 Edwards Avenue in New Orleans.
Suggested food donations include:
- peanut butter
- soups / stews
- canned fruits / vegetables
- canned meats (chicken, beef, ham)
- tuna fish
- hot cereals (grits, oatmeal)
- shelf stable milk
Annually, Second Harvest feeds approximately 262,800 people across 23 south Louisiana parishes.