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Fill the Fridge event at Tad Gormley Stadium today

Fill the Fridge food giveaway is part of the Hurricane Idea relief effort. (Culture Aid NOLA)

Now that refrigerators are operating again in New Orleans, a group is helping New Orleanians fill them.

Culture Aid NOLA will host a 70,000+ pound free food giveaway beginning at 2 p.m. today (Sept. 8) at Tad Gormley Stadium, 5400 Stadium Drive in City Park.

Guests at the event will receive bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, while dancing (in their cars) to brass bands curated by Derrick Freeman and DJ Siphne Aaye. No identification, paperwork or reservation is required to pick up groceries.

Cars should line up on Marconi Drive at City Park by the Tad Gormley Stadium parking lot. A walk-up line will be located at the front entrance of Tad Gormley Stadium.

“We’re celebrating New Orleans’ spirit the best way we know how,” said Culture Aid NOLA Executive Director Erica Chomsky-Adelson, “With good food, good music, and good friends. As our city continues to recover from Hurricane Ida, we want to provide folks with groceries to keep them going.”

Cara Lambright, CEO of New Orleans City Park said: “City Park is the people’s park, and we are proud to support Culture Aid NOLA as they provide crucial resources to thousands of our families”

Along with partners Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans City Park, World Central Kitchen, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, The New Orleans Musician’s Assistance Foundation, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Sankofa, lowernine.org, Councilman Joe Giarrusso, Resilience Force, Premium Parking and many more. The organization hopes to serve over 2,000 New Orleans families on Wednesday afternoon.

Jay Vise of Second Harvest Food Bank said: “Second Harvest’s partnerships with other aid and disaster response organizations like Culture Aid NOLA greatly expand the number of people either of us could serve at events like this. We’ll continue to send supplies to all seventeen parishes impacted by Ida for as long as needed”

Culture Aid NOLA is holding food giveaways on Wednesdays and Saturdays as part of its Hurricane Ida relief effort. If you want to help out, see here to volunteer or here to donate.

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