Community Resource Roundup: Holiday Edition

This holiday season is going to be a different from years past. For those who still need assistance during this time, we compiled a list of city services and nonprofits that are offering free resources for the month of December. For a more exhaustive list, please visit Need Help Paying Bills.

  • City of New Orleans: For details on testing sites, meal programs and other assistance, call 311 or visit
    • City of New Orleans is partnering with more than 80 local restaurants to provide meal assistance until December 31, 2020.
    • The City has a Community Development Rental Assistance Program for those eligible. Funds are limited. For information about eligibility, visit
  • Entergy New Orleans: Entergy and New Orleans City Council have a created City Council Cares (CCC) Program earlier this year for those impacted by the pandemic. For list of eligibility requirements and to apply, click on the link.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Call 211 for food assistance at local community food pantries and distributions nearest to you. The 211 phone bank is available 24/7. 
    • Second Harvest Food Bank provides free groceries at many of their community food pantries and distribution sites. 
    • Junior League New Orleans is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide diapers at many of the distribution sites. 
  • Salvation Army: Call 504-899-4569 for more information
  • Toys for Tots: To apply for the free toy program, call 211 or click here for the online application. 
    • Toys for Tots is providing Christmas gifts and food baskets for infants, young children, and new and single moms in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. 
  • United Way Southeast Louisiana: Visit
    • United Way Southeast Louisiana provides a list of resources from rent and mortgage assistance to access to health screenings.