Nourish is the Federation's community service movement, focused primarily on addressing hunger and poverty in the region and with a mission of feeding both the body and the soul. The program consists of a rotating series of community-wide events, with the Federation partnering with existing non-profit groups to work on service projects that best meet their needs and volunteers from the Jewish community participating in these projects. We also incorporate concerts into our volunteer events, often featuring music by New Orleans' own pianist extraordinaire Matt Lemmler. Nourish truly allows us to impact our wider community in a meaningful way! 


To date, we've held drives/events with UNITY, Bastion, the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter, Covenant HouseGrace at the Greenlightand more. 


Thanksgiving Food Drive - Nov/Dec 2020

The Nourish program completed a successful holiday food drive to benefit the Crescent Care health clinic, collecting the following items:


Bouillon cubes (6 small boxes, 1 large box), Cake icing (5 cans), Cake mix (31 boxes), Canned chipotles (4 cans), Canned fruit (4 commercial, 36 small cans, 1 package), Canned green beans (76 cans), Canned refried beans (33 cans), Canned sweet corn (30 small cans, 2 commercial), Canned tomatoes (50 cans), Condiments (4 soy sauce, 3 mayo, 1 catsup, 3 BBQ), Corn masa mix (9 lbs.), Creole seasoning (8 small packages, 1 32 oz. package), Disposable cake pans (21 pans), Dried black beans (18 lbs.), Dried navy beans (6 lbs.), Dried pinto beans (7 lbs.), Dried red beans (46 lbs.), Kosher salt (1 package), Pasta sauce (8 jars), Rice (53 lbs. white, 19 lbs. brown, 8 boxes Spanish rice), Spaghetti and other pasta (43 lbs. spaghetti, 47 boxes mac+cheese, 4 packages ramen, 17 lbs. other pasta), Spices (2 salt + pepper, 2 pepper, 3 oregano, 4 bay leaves, 2 basil, 5 onion, 7 garlic), Vegetable oil (7 qts.), Miscellaneous canned goods (28 cans entrees, 7 cans milk, 13 other canned beans, 15 cans peas + spinach, 1 can cranberries, 18 cans tuna + chicken, 39 cans soup), Miscellaneous (2 bags nuts, 13 packets entrees, 2 boxes pancake mix, 2 boxes grits, cereal, 1 bag tortilla chips, 3 boxes stuffing, 3 boxes cornbread, 1 jar apple juice, 3 lbs. coffee, 2 boxes muffin mix, 1 box bread mix, 3 packages oatmeal, 2 jars peanut butter, 10 qts. milk, 3 lbs. cherries)


Thank you to all who donated!!


COVID-19 Health Care Workers Take Home Meal Program


In April, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans announced a partnership with the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, Humana, Metairie Bank, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest to launch the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Healthcare Workers Take Home Meal Program. On June 30, the program wrapped up (for now!).


Thanks to these co-sponsors, additional support from Baptist Community Ministries, as well as the generosity of several individual donors, we were able to serve take home meals to frontline medical staff and hospital workers, from the intensive care unit to the laundry room, at five area hospitals - Ochsner Health, Touro Infirmary, Tulane Medical Center, East Jefferson Hospital, and New Orleans East Hospital - over a ten-week period. In total, 6,600 meals were served to our community heroes!


We were also able to support three small Jewish businesses in our community - Kosher CajunRimon at Tulane Hillel, and Dvash Catering - who created the delicious meals each week.


We are deeply appreciative of the dozens of volunteers from the Greater New Orleans Jewish community who helped distribute the meals each Tuesday.

On June 30, we publicly thanked our catering partners and volunteers, and thanked the frontline workers who have worked so hard to keep us safe. Check out the video here:


A special message for the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community, from Tulane Medical Center:


Community Mitzvah Day - November 3, 2019


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans held its first ever community-wide multi-faith service day on Sunday, November 3 at the Couturie Forest in City Park. Projects included tree planting and trash pickup, and one of the newly planted trees was designated the “Tree of Life” at a special dedication ceremony to honor the victims of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack and all other victims of hate and discrimination.

In total, 

  • Over 40 volunteers participated,
  • Over 70 trees were planted, and 
  • Over 60 pounds of trash was picked up!


The Federation is proud to have had our Community Mitzvah Day as an official partner event of the 7th annual Jewish Culture Days of Halle, Germany - also the site of a recent anti-Semitic attack.


Father's Day Social Action Event - June 16, 2019


The Humana "Nourish" Program: Presented by Metairie Bank and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans kicked off its 2019 schedule of volunteer initiatives with a wonderful Father's Day Social Action Event at the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter in Central City on Sunday, June 16! In total, 13 Jewish community volunteers participated in landscaping and gardening projects, children’s art activities, and a pizza party.

A presentation garden was created in front of the building, and in the back volunteers placed both an herb garden and plants that would encourage a butterfly garden (including hibiscuses, milkweed, and a lemon tree!), with the idea that older children residing on site would be responsible for nurturing the gardens and thus exposed to experiential learning opportunities. In addition, a Program Coordinator from the City of New Orleans Health Department’s FitNOLA program met with the shelter’s adult residents to discuss health & wellness topics. And to top it all off, live music was provided by the Matt Lemmler Trio during the dinner service!


Check out a slideshow of the day's activities here:

”On behalf of the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter, thanks so much to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and its volunteers and staff, as well as its Nourish program sponsors Humana and Metairie Bank, for a fantastic day that will have a lasting, positive effect on our residents. The entire group did a tremendous job, and our staff members and residents are excited to have the facility made more appealing by their landscaping and gardening work. In addition, the residents greatly enjoyed the food and music that were provided at suppertime! We look forward to working with the Federation and its Nourish program again soon.

– Dan Silverman, Board Chair, New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter


In order to make this happen and impact as many people as possible, we need the generous help of sponsors and volunteers around the community. From grants to financial sponsorships, and from food prep to toiletry drives, your help is both welcomed and encouraged. Nourish is a chance to bring together the New Orleans community and show that we value human dignity, kindness to others, and the virtue of repairing the world—one life at a time. 




To learn more, contact Michelle Neal at 504-780-5604 or at

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