Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, the area continues to suffer from its aftermath. Many are still without power and water, while others lost their homes and businesses in the devastation.
As part of its ongoing efforts to help the areas most affected by the hurricane, BAPS Charities volunteers from throughout Louisiana and Texas have worked together on many different fronts to help ease the burden of those most in need after this natural disaster.
On September 11, 2020, in conjunction with the Office of Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the United Way, 39 BAPS Charities volunteers from Beaumont, TX, Houston, TX, and the Louisiana cities of Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans provided 1,600 freshly packed meals and 5,000 water bottles to over 650 people at a distribution center set up 6 miles away in nearby Iowa, LA. The distribution center adhered to all of the safety precautions related to COVID-19 safety, including contactless pickup service.
One of the food items distributed were vegetable sandwiches. The materials for the sandwiches were donated by a group of Subway franchisees from New Orleans. Snehal Patel, a member of the group, said, “We are blessed and humbled that in this time of need, we could help BAPS Charities support the community and bring smiles of hope to so many.”
BAPS Charities will continue to monitor the situation in Louisiana and assess ways to assist the community.