NOLA nonprofits are working around the clock to get food into the hands of those who are hungry.

Basic food on a table storable for a long time. Eggs, oil, bread, tomato cans and bags of potato puere

There's no denying the many challenges this year has brought upon everyone across America: the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest, economic uncertainty, a tumultous election. In parts of the nation, natural disasters from wildfires to hurricanes have also wreaked havoc on our beautiful country. Late last month, when Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Louisiana as a category 2 hurricane, it made an already difficult year for many residents all the more difficult.

As a result of Zeta, more than two million people had their power knocked out, per NPR, and while much power has been restored, thousands in Southeast Louisiana remained without power as of earlier this week. Now, community organizations across NOLA are mobilizing to do what they do best in crisis situations: Get to work helping their neighbors in need.

As Eater New Orleans reported, some dozen community organizations are giving away free food this week, including Culture Aid Nola, NOLA Tree Project, and the Broadmoor Improvement Association, "all organizations that have been key players in the effort to feed New Orleanians throughout the coronavirus pandemic," as the article's author Clair Lorell pointed out. For those in need of food, the city of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has posted a calendar of such food distribution events via these nonprofits and more on their website here.

We're all looking forward to better days ahead, but it's incredible to see how many generous organizations are stepping up to the plate to help during this intense time of needs. If you're looking to make a donation to those in need of aid right now the Crescent City as it recovers from Hurricane Zeta, check out our guide on how to help.

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We'll continue to keep Louisiana residents and others impacted by Hurricane Zeta in our thoughts right now and we eagerly anticipate the day—when the time is right—that we can laissez les bon temps roulez in the Pelican State once again.