Fr. Joe Hund with neighbors

A sad sign of the times: When the word went out that food would be available May 1 on St. Mary of the Angels property in New Orleans, cars began lining up three hours in advance. During the Free Food Pantry Distribution for families in the Upper Ninth Ward, coordinated by New Orleans City Council Member Jared Brossett in partnership with Second Harvest, the NOLA Tree Project, NOLA Police Dept. and SMA Parish, 200 food baskets were distributed. “There was also a separate line for walk-ups to receive their baskets,” says Pastor Joe Hund. Joe’s job? “To pray for good weather, which the Lord provided with a sunny 70 degrees. All of the sorting and preparing and lifting of boxes were done by city volunteers.” The event was so successful it will be repeated on May 15 and 29.

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Stop Covid-19 Initiative Award

Because of space and hospitality provided by St. Mary of the Angels Parish in New Orleans, La., residents of the Upper Ninth Ward and beyond have had ready access to Covid-19 testing this summer. Last month United Healthcare thanked the parish for partnering in its Stop Covid-19 Initiative by presenting a plaque to the community in the gym at St. Mary of the Angels School. This summer the parish parking lot has been the site for a series of Second Harvest Food Distributions sponsored by City Council member Jared Brossette.

Friars Dan Barrett and Robert Seay accepted the award.

volunteers pack boxes

Volunteers pack boxes for distribution.

boxes of food

Boxes of food lined up to distribute