BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Disaster relief efforts are underway, with local organizations coming together to provide food for the community.
“Being able to pick up some food and get something to feed everybody is an immense blessing,” said Baton Rouge father of four Clifford Young.
Hundreds of people lined up at Charles R. Kelly Community Center in North Baton Rouge to pick up meals after being left with no power and a lack of resources after Hurricane Ida.
Relief efforts like this are happening all across the city.
Entities like EBR Schools and Focus Foods tried to bridge the food gap by providing an extra 2,500 more meals a day for students to address the growing need for food.
“When you dump out all the fresh stuff that went bad while the power was out, you still have oatmeal and grits. You can’t really cook that without any power,” said Young.
He said he stumbled upon this meal site after being without internet for days.
“Phones are still down. So, getting service on what things are going on and up to date and up to the minute of where you can get ice or anything is really hard to come by,” he said.
“Certainly we’ve got limited resources out there. We have limited gas for parents to get to grocery stores. We have widespread power outages. We have grocery stores that were closed,” said Child Nutrition Program Chief Financial Director Nadine Mann.
EBRPSS said in a statement:
“All the above home meal deliveries can continue after the storm. This meal service does not impact the receipt of P-EBT benefits. Parents can register for DSNAP benefits using the following link – http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/dsnap-registration .”
Restaurants like the Ruby Slipper also pieced together resources to provide aid to families.
“Serve some hot food. We know the situation. We know a lot of people don’t have power yet, some people don’t have water. So, anything we can do to help the community the best we can,” said Ruby Slipper Manager Lakeisha Britten.
“They’re a lifesaver,” said Young.
Efforts like these make a huge difference for many families across the area.