Download the 2020 report on the financial state of the New Orleans restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of the FEMA funded Orleans Parish Meal Assistance Program.
When a disaster hits home and our supply lines and communications are crippled, the core reason our brigade was created becomes apparent. Each and every chef, cook and restaurateur that is able, responds without hesitation to feed their community.
While the administrative staff of Chef’s Brigade has been working tirelessly to support the ongoing logistics of mass feeding centers, our brigades are out there selflessly helping their neighbors.
To all of them and everyone in the food service industry that has tirelessly devoted themselves to helping their community, we salute you!
Thanks to our partnership with Revolution Foods, The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), and D’Livery NOLA, we secured over $30 million in grants from FEMA and the City of New Orleans to feed our neighbors in need across Orleans Parish – while injecting badly needed funds into our culinary industry.
This program lasted one year and was available to any resident 65 years or above, adults with high-risk health conditions, homeless residents, individuals who test positive or was exposed to COVID-19, and children under 18 not currently on other federal meal assistance programs.