Hurricane Ida battered the Southeastern coast of Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the region without power or water and with no timeline for when utilities may be restored. Those who evacuated the area have been urged to stay where they are for now, but plenty of people who remain in the region, particularly within the hardest-hit communities of the River Parishes located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, are in dire need of support.
In New Orleans, local mutual aid organizations like Imagine Water Works, Culture Aid NOLA, and El Pueblo NOLA have hit the ground running — much like they did in the aftermaths of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Zeta and through the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic. National and regional organizations like World Central Kitchen and Second Harvest Food Bank are here feeding residents alongside them, operating out of food trucks to serve hot meals and distributing food and water. Additionally, community members are contributing resources to a Google Doc compiling Hurricane Ida relief, which includes businesses that are currently open for food, water, gas, and more.
To be sure, there is a great deal of need for hot meals, prepared non-perishable food items, generators, and charging stations in the region right now. Looking for ways to help Louisianans recovering from Hurricane Ida? Here’s where to start.
If you know of a mutual aid fund, charitable organization, or other grassroots group that’s helping people on the ground right now, email the details to [email protected] This guide will continue to be updated.
Mutual Aid and Hunger Relief Organizations
Culture Aid NOLA — Culture Aid NOLA is a non-profit food and resource center in New Orleans providing direct assistance to underserved members of the community. Help them feed New Orleans in response to Hurricane Ida here.
Our team is in New Orleans now preparing to provide relief the best way we know- feeding our neighbors alongside our partners Second Harvest Food Bank, World Central Kitchen, El Pueblo NOLA and Resilience Force. You can support our efforts by donating at https://t.co/6Jj9Up4j4h
— Culture Aid NOLA (@CultureAidNOLA) August 29, 2021
Imagine Water Works — Imagine Water Works leads the Mutual Aid Response Network, a group of Louisiana residents that activates during floods, storms, and other natural and manmade disasters. Its Hurricane Ida Relief & Recovery fund will support relief and recovery efforts — led by locals — in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Its Facebook page allows members to post offers, requests, resources, and action.
El Pueblo NOLA — El Pueblo NOLA – NOLA Village is a grassroots community organization in the Village de l’Est neighborhood of New Orleans East, run by organizer Cristiane Rosales-Fajardo. Donate directly to Cristi via cash app ($CristiNola) or to its ongoing COVID relief fund.
LowerNine.org — This local non-profit is dedicated to the long-term recovery of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward from Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches of 2005; donate to its Hurricane Ida relief fund here.
NOCHI — New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute is working with World Central Kitchen and is in need of an electrical engineer or electrician to help connect their hoods to generator power. If you or someone you know can help, send an email.
World Central Kitchen — Volunteers are needed for community feeding efforts. Service industry preferred, but all assistance welcomed. Minors are welcome with adult supervision. Sign up for a shift here: ida.wck.volunteerhub.com