New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points


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All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

O'Henry's (Metairie): The app Waitr accepts donations of clothing, bedding, toiletries and feminine hygiene products at the restaurant. 

Lafreniere Park: Clean, bagged clothing, sealed food, household cleaning supplies and toiletries will be accepted at the park through 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Realty Point NOLA: Bring water, bedding, clothing, toiletries and non-perishable food to the brokerage through Friday. 

St. Timothy's United Methodist Church: The church will collect cleaning supply buckets to help gut and repair homes. Here's a list of supplies for the buckets

Mattingly Motors: The dealership's "fill-a-truck" invites individuals to bring small non-perishable items to add to a collection in a truck bed. 

Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe: The children's store will collect clothes, books, toys, unused arts and crafts supplies, coloring books and school supplies on an ongoing basis. 

New Orleans tourism industry: Tourism-promoting organizations such as the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation will accept donations of non-perishable food, bottled water in pallets of 24, toiletries and cleaning supplies at 2020 St. Charles Ave. through Friday. 

Demo Diva, Canine Connection and Metairie Small Animal Hospital: The locations help  Louisiana SPCA with its flood-related animal rescue and shelter efforts by accepting donations of pet carriers and crates, leashes, unopened food and stainless steel pet food bowls. 

100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans: Bring non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies to the organization's office or any Liberty Bank & Trust location in metro New Orleans. 

St. Bernard Civic Center: The center accepts donations through Friday. 

Bywater Clothing: Donations of pet food and pet supplies are welcome at the store. 

Zeus' Rescues: The organization needs cat carriers, clay litter, litter pans and dog collars to help animals rescued from the floods. It also needs pet foster parents. 

The Arts Council of New Orleans: Resources are available for artists and craftspeople affected by the disaster. Contact for details. 

Southern University Flood Relief Fund: The fund helps students and faculty affected by the disaster; make donations online

New Orleans Zephyrs: The organization will donate $1 from all tickets sold between Aug. 20 and Aug. 28 to the American Red Cross' flood victim fund. 


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