The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans in partnership with the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) , Humana of Louisiana, Metairie Bank, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, has launched the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Healthcare Workers Take Home Meal Program. The program will serve 5,000 meals to frontline healthcare workers and medical staffers at the Tulane Medical Center, Touro Infirmary and throughout the Ochsner Health System.
“There’s a Jewish value – tikkun olam – which means that we’re all asked to do our part to repair the world, Jewish and non-Jewish alike,” said Arnie D. Fielkow, CEO of the Federation. “From helping area small businesses to tending to healthcare workers too exhausted to cook, this program allows us to help so many people in a unique way, across three major healthcare systems in our community. Every meal is a step towards repairing the world.”
Beginning this Tueday, April 21, three local kosher restaurants and caterers – Kosher Cajun, Rimon at Tulane Hillel, and Dvash Catering – will be cooking 200 meals for the three hospital campuses for a total of 600 meals per week.
Federation will be responsible for implementing the program and managing logistics.
“Recognizing that we have all been impacted by this pandemic, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana is pleased to support a program that shows our solidarity with the wider New Orleans community,” said JEF executive director Bobby Garon. “Our Board and staff are tremendously grateful for our frontline workers and first responders.”
Donations to extend the program past its initial eight-week window can be made here.