Community Resources Roundup

Week of January 18th – 22nd

Everyone has been impacted differently during the pandemic but the City Council and organizations throughout our community have offered varying support. Below is a compilation of free supplies and services provided to community members affected by COVID-19. Please note all details are subject to change and will be updated as additional information is provided. Real-time updates can also be found through organizers social media channels.

Free Food Assistance (drive-up, walk-up & delivery):

District C

Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and World Central Kitchen, will host drive-up food pantries in District C every Friday and Saturday for families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder, no documentation is required to receive a food pantry box, and walk-ups are welcome. 

  • Fridays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Arthur Monday Multi-Purpose Center, 1111 Newton Street, New Orleans, LA 70114
  • Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 PM
  • Bell Artspace Campus, 2100 Ursuline Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119


Second Harvest 

Metro-area service industry workers in need of food assistance should call 2-1-1 or visit 2-1-1 is a free, non-emergency number staffed 24/7 with information about how to get food assistance from organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank. The 2-1-1 operator will take your address information and find a community food pantry and/or distribution supported by Second Harvest closest to you. 2-1-1 also offers other types of assistance as well.

When visiting a local food pantry for the first time, you should bring your ID, proof of income, and residency (something like a utility bill in your name.) If you don’t have proof of income or the other documents, you’ll still be able to self-declare on the application.


City of New Orleans

Residents of New Orleans in need of food can apply to receive meals through the City of New Orleans meal assistance program in partnership with FEMA and local restaurants. The program has been extended to January 30, 2021. To learn more about the program and apply to receive meals visit or call 3-1-1.


Free Mask Giveaway:

Sew Dat offers free face covering donations. If you are looking to receive a free face covering, please visit request to fill and submit a request form. 


Free COVID-19 Testing:

The City of New Orleans is working with various partners to offer free walk-up and drive-thru COVID-19 testing to the public. 


Alario Center

  • Tuesday, January 19, through Saturday, January 23, 8AM – 4PM
  • 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego, LA 70094


Delgado Main Campus

  • Tuesday, January 19, through Friday, January 22, 8AM – 1:30PM
  • Delgado Student Life Center, 5518 General Diaz St., New Orleans, LA 70119


Mahalia Jackson Theatre

  • Tuesday, January 19, through Saturday, January 23, 8AM – 4PM
  • 1419 Basin St., New Orleans, LA 70116



  • Tuesday, January 19, through Saturday, January 23, 8AM – 4PM
  • UNO Lakefront Arena (North Lot), 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122

To learn more about the testing schedule and other locations, visit


Free COVID-19 Vaccine:

Vaccines are currently available to some groups who are prioritize to receive the vaccine. These phased priorities are determined by the Louisiana Department of Health, based on the CDC’s Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For more information on the vaccine groups and distribution, visit


Who is eligible to receive the vaccines

  • People 70 years of age and older
  • Ambulatory, outpatient, medical, dental, behavioral health clinic personnel
  • Schools of allied health students, residents, and staff
  • End stage renal disease facility personnel and clients
  • Home agency patients and personnel


Where you can receive the vaccines:

This is the beginning of the vaccine supply for this priority group, so not everyone will be able to access it right away. Please be patient.

  • Hospitals: Local hospitals are offering the COVID vaccine BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to healthcare personnel in this tier and to seniors 70+.  Call your hospital system to see if there is availability.
    • New Orleans East Hospital: Call 504-592-6628 (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm), email, or text 504-564-6465 to make an appointment.
  • Pharmacies and Clinics: The Louisiana Department of Health is working with select pharmacies across to administer the vaccine to seniors 70+ BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. See list of pharmacies.​
  • Crescent Care: Crescent Care has a limited vaccine supply available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for seniors 70+. Call 504-821-2601 to schedule an appointment. 

If you are interested in volunteering with COVID-19 vaccine efforts, visit to learn more and register. 


If you are providing food or supplies to hospitality workers and would like to be included please e-mail us at