Hurricane Ida has left destruction in its wake, changing the lives of Americans who were caught in its path. Below are locations in the New Orleans metro area that are offering relief for those affected by Hurricane Ida from

Relief efforts are popping up in and around the New Orleans metro area in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Ida. Here’s a list. Email us at if you know of others.

UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY: Rock of Ages Baptist and other churches will provide 1,000 free hot meals, health checks, groceries and water, with a FEMA assistants tent. 10 a.m. Wednesday, 2500 New Orleans St., New Orleans. Volunteers needed: text UCIda to 54244.

FILL THE FRIDGE: Culture Aid NOLA will distribute more than 70,000 lbs. of food, including fresh produce. Cars should line up on Marconi Drive and will and proceed on Roosevelt Mall. Walk up will be at the southwest corner on Stadium drive. 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park, 5400 Stadium Drive.

UNITED WAY: United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) to host regional relief pop-ups to provide food, supplies and FEMA/other disaster application support via Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to vulnerable families affected by Ida. Meals will be provided in partnership with locally-owned restaurants.

They include, all times 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Wednesday
    • St. Tammany Parish, UWSELA: Northshore Prosperity Center, 834 N. Columbia St., Covington
    • Jefferson Parish: 5990 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero
  • Thursday
    • St. Bernard Parish: Community Center of St. Bernard, 7143 St. Claude Ave., Arabi
    • Plaquemines Parish: Belle Chasse YMCA, 8101 Highway 3, Belle Chasse
    • Tangipahoa Parish: Our Daily Bread Food Bank, 1006 W. Coleman Ave., 
  • Friday
    • Orleans Parish: UWSELA Parking Lot, 2515 Canal St., New Orleans
    • Washington Parish: Catholic Charities, Annunciation Church, 517 Avenue B., Bogalusa

CHURCH OF THE KING: Free food and water will be distributed at the church’s West Esplanade Campus via a carline, with lunch at noon and dinner beginning at 5 p.m. daily through Friday. 1405 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. Volunteers are needed to assist (wear red shirt) at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

NOLA READY: Hurricane Ida Response Information, including shelter information, cooling centers, meals, water, ice. Text NOLAREADY to 77295 for regular emergency notices/updates.

MERCY CHEFS: The disaster relief organization distributes food and ice daily at Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Highway in Metairie, and 12 other locations around the area. Go to their Facebook page for times and locations.

ONLINE ACCESS: The New Orleans Public Library is opening various branches every day with access to computers. Follow NOLA Ready or text NOLAREADY to 77295 to receive locations and updates.

Mental health services

Disaster Distress Helpline: Free, confidential 24-hour helpline for anyone affected by a natural disaster, including Ida. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to get connected with a mental health professional.

Child caretakers, parents: Tulane’s TIKES TeleMHC is to here to support parents and caregivers caring for young children, aged 0-6 years by providing supportive services from early childhood mental health experts; not equipped to offer emergency mental health services.

Tele-mental health: Ochsner Health is offering a free tele-mental health session through Ochsner Anywhere Care, online or through the app and use the code “IDATherapy.”

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