Apply Now: United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grants (deadline June 2nd)

Hi Everyone,

Some of you may have already heard about this, but if not, please consider applying for an Emergency Food & Shelter Program Grant through United Way SELA. This is federally funded and has also received CARES Act money, so let’s make sure that federal money gets to the organizations on the ground serving our most vulnerable through COVID19. If your organization is providing rental assistance, sheltering, utility assistance, and/or feeding through COVID19, consider applying – the deadline is June 2nd.

Applications are accepted at

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established in 1983 by Congress with the intent of supplementing local efforts to provide emergency shelter and food to people in need. The EFSP National Board governs the EFSP Program with local United Ways or other entities managing the funds allocated to the jurisdiction. The EFSP National Board received its annual $120 million appropriation for Phase 37 as well as $200 million from the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act intended as a supplemental fund for Phase CARES.

Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes have been awarded $564,878.00 for Phase 37 and $805,354.00 for Phase CARES. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. NOT to substitute, reimburse or provide seed money for a new program. 

Additional information and eligibility requirements can be found on the site. If you have any questions please contact Tab Bui at


Leila Darwish

Community Engagement Coordinator – NOLA Ready

New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

Covid 19 Resources/Calls for Help

1. Please send me (Liz) any helpful resources, needs, or other announcements you have related to helping people during this pandemic.
2. Send these to me privately and NOT to the whole group. Please DO NOT reply to the group. 
3. Every day (or every few days, depending) I’ll send one email with a condensed list of what I’ve received. 
4. If you do NOT want to receive these emails, please let me know privately and I’ll unsubscribe you.


Pandemic – EBT for Students Receiving Free or Reduced-Price School Meals

  • Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 600,000 children who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school.
  • Eligible families who complete an online application will be issued a P-EBT debit card by Louisiana DCFS to access benefits. The P-EBT card will function like a standard EBT card, and the same guidelines will apply.
  • Families will receive $285 in total P-EBT benefits per child. Unused benefits will roll over month to month and must be used within 365 days.
  • More info HERE:

Food Pantry in District C

WHO: Councilmember Palmer, Second Harvest Food Bank, World Central Kitchen, Project Isaiah and Culture Aid NOLA

WHAT: Free food pantry (drive-up and walk-up) for families and individuals affected by COVID-19. No documentation is required to receive a food pantry box and walk-ups are welcome.



Tuesday, May 19 and 26

    • 9 AM to 12 PM
    • Connect Church of Algiers
    • 1110 Kabel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131 (enter on Hyman Place behind the church)

Thursday, May 21 and 28

    • 9 AM to 12 PM
    • Holy Angels
    • 3500 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

Friday, May 22

    • 9 AM to 12 PM
    • Berean Bible Church
    • 3712 Herschel Street, New Orleans, LA 70114

Friday, May 29

    • 9 AM to 12 PM
    • All Saints Catholic Church
    • 1441 Teche Street, New Orleans, LA 70114 (enter at Brooklyn Ave. and Ptolemy St.)

Saturday, May 23, 30

    • 9 AM to 12 PM
    • Holy Angels
    • 3500 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117


All Testing

Today in Gentilly

WHAT: Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Gentilly

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (or until all test kits have been utilized)

WHERE: Asia Baptist Church, 1400 Sere St, New Orleans, LA 70122


GNO Caring Collective 

  • The GNO Caring Collective rental assistance fund just went live. The application for the June assistance fund is “open through May 22 or when capacity is met. “ Here’s the app:
  • Please share with folks in need. A couple important notes from looking over the application:

-Funds go to the landlord, not directly to the applicant.

-Awards are between roughly $250-$500 depending on individuals la financial situation

-There’s a phone contact provided if spanish-speakers need assistance filling it out.

-They’re prioritizing people who haven’t been able to access other forms of economic relief. Doesn’t seem like income documentation is required though it asks for 3 references and some type of ID.


Propeller COVID-19 Resource List 

NORD & Phase One reopening

  • See NORD’s Phase One reopening plan to know what recreation activities will be allowed & what will continue to stay closed:

Free Face Mask Giveaways !

  • Councilmember Palmer Face Covering Giveaways:

WBOK 1230 AM

    • Friday, May 22
    • 10 AM to 1 PM
    • 1639 Gentilly Blvd.
    • New Orleans, LA 70119

Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club

    • Saturday, May 23
    • 10 AM to 12 PM
    • 732 N. Broad Ave.
    • New Orleans, LA 70119

2,500 fabric face coverings will be available to the public on Friday, May 22, at WBOK 1230AM, 1639 Gentilly Boulevard, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Radio hosts, Graylen Banks and Gerod Stevens with WBOK’s General Manager, Schuyler Williams, will broadcast live from the studio as vehicles line up to receive their free face covering. You can tune in, here.

Other participants include actor Wendell Pierce, Cleveland Spears, Jeff Thomas and Troy Henry, the WBOK ownership team.  Walk-ups and bicyclists are welcome, and no documents are required. Only one face covering per person for individuals who are present.

District “B” Councilmember Jay H. Banks will join Councilmember Palmer and the ZULU Social Aid and Pleasure Club members to give way 1,500 fabric face coverings on Saturday, May 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Neighborhood Associations and groups with a higher number of seniors, homebound individuals and families severely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to request free face coverings through Councilmember Palmer will donate up to 100 face coverings to each neighborhood group until supplies are no longer available.

  • Councilmember Brossett Face Covering Giveaways:

WHO: District “D” Councilmember Jared Brossett and Walmart

WHAT: Mask giveaway

DATE: Saturday, May 23

TIME: Beginning at 9 AM until supplies run out

LOCATION: Walmart, 4301 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, LA 70126

Liz Burpee | MPH, MSW | she/her/hers
Interim Executive Director & ReFresh Director | Broad Community Connections


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Pruebas móviles y mas – mobile testing and more

*** this message repeats in English***

Hola todos,

Para los que reciben un mensaje de mi parte por primera vez, mi nombre es Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin y trabajo en la Oficina de Jóvenes y Familias de la Alcadia de Nueva Orleans. En colaboración con NOLA READY y la Oficina de la Consejera Moreno, permítanme enviarles las comunicaciones adjuntas que contienen información sobre:

  • Pruebas Móviles
  • Información sobre el uso de mascaras
  • Listado de Recursos
  • Información sobre la fase 1

Por favor compártanlas!

De notar: mañana y el viernes, en colaboración con Ochsner y la Iglesia St. Anthony de Padua, habrán pruebas gratis de COVID-19 de 9-4pm. Los niños a partir de los 10 años pueden venir también. Además de las pruebas, estaremos presentes para ayudar con el Censo 2020 y para compartir información sobre diferentes recursos incluyendo información sobre la temporada de huracanes gracias a NOLA READY.  Para una lista completa con los sitios de pruebas móviles, por favor visiten

Gracias a todos!




Dear All,

For those of you receiving communications from me for the first time, my name is Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin and I work for the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families.  In partnership with NOLA READY and the Office of Councilmember Moreno, I am pleased to send you the attached information that includes information about:

  • Mobile testing
  • Information about mask use
  • Listing of resources
  • Information about Phase 1

Please share!

To note: tomorrow and Friday, in partnership with Ochsner and St. Anthony of Padua Church, there will be mobile testing for COVID-19 from 9-4pm. Children ages 10 and up can be tested. In addition to testing, we will be available to help with Census2020 and to share information about different resources including Hurricane Preparedness courtesy of NOLA READY.  For a complete list of mobile testing sites, please visit

Thank you all!


Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin, LCSW-BACS

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Program Manager, Youth and Families

Mayor LaToya Cantrell | City of New Orleans

1300 Perdido Street| Suite 4W09| New Orleans, LA 70112

Office: 504-658-8902; Cell: 504-351-2713



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Pruebas móviles gratis para COVID19 en MidCity Mayo 21-22

Hi Everyone,

I forgot to mention that there will also be testing in MidCity at  St. Athony of Padua Church (4640 Canal St) from 9am-4pm. I have attached the Spanish social media graphic – please share with your Spanish speaking networks!

For the MidCity Testing site:

Pruebas son gratis, y no necesitas ID. 

Será elegible para la prueba si:

– tiene 10 años de edad o más

– ha estado recientemente expuesto a COVID-19, o

– recientemente tuvo síntomas del virus

Hablamos Español!

For more info:

Please share and reach out if you have any questions.


Leila Darwish

Community Engagement Coordinator – NOLA Ready