Coronavirus Precautions

Last Updated: July 20, 2020

Catholic Charities’ Food for Seniors is in DIRE need of Volunteers Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, July 24! 

Catholic Charities’ Food for Seniors is in Dire need of Volunteers Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, July 24.

Volunteers are needed to make boxes and pack food for our most vulnerable- Senior Citizens.

*Please note that this is a warehouse and is not air conditioned so light clothing, closed toed shoes, and masks are required. We will have plenty of water, sanitizer, social distancing, and appreciation for those who step up to assist in this effort. We ask that only healthy individuals sign-up for this project and those who have been in the presence of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, to remain at home.

The shifts are as follows:
There are 2 shifts a day.

Tuesday, July 21:

9AM – 12PM OR 1PM – 3PM

Wednesday, July 22:

9AM – 12PM OR 1PM – 3PM

Thursday, July 23:

9AM-12PM OR 1PM – 3PM

Friday, July 24:

9AM-12PM OR 1PM – 3PM


Food for Seniors Warehouse

7649 Townsend Place

New Orleans, LA 70126

For more information:

Sign-up by emailing Shannon Murphy at [email protected] with what shift(s) you are signing up for and how many in your group, if more than you.

Catholic Charities to Highlight Refugee Essential Workers for World Refugee Day on June 20

Immigration and Refugee Services in the New Orleans area

Catholic Charities will highlight refugee essential workers in our community leading up to World Refugee Day on June 20!

Through Immigration and Refugee Services, we will cover clients that have been working as eseential workers through COVID-19.

You learn more about Refugee Essential Workers by visiting here or visiting Facebook or Twitter!

Pope Francis Spoke Earlier Today on the Sin of Racism

Pope Francis speaking on racism

During his general audience on June 3, Pope Francis condemned the sin of racism.

Pope Francis spoke earlier today: “My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that ‘the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.'”

View his audience.

CCANO, Second Harvest, St. Charles Parish Government, Salvation Army, National Guard and St. Charles Sheriff’s Office to Host Food Distribution on Thursday, May 21 at 9AM

The Food Distribution will take place on Thursday, May 21 beginning at 9AM at the Dufresne Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling 70070.

Recipients may begin arriving at the Dufresne Center parking lot for the distribution at 9AM. Recipients will be required to remain in their vehicles with windows rolled up during the event.

Food Distribution will be limited to drive-through recipients only and the distribution will be limited to one household per vehicle.

Recipients are asked to place a laundry basket, a box, or medium sized ice-chest in their vehicle trunk to accept the food items to be distributed.

It has estimated that there will be enough food to distribute to 600 vehicles.  We will distribute food until we run out!

For more information, visit here or contact Emily Steiber at [email protected].

CCANO to Host Environmental Virtual Panel and Prayer Service on Thursday, May 21 at 1PM


Speakers to address current environmental concerns and importance of preserving the planet

 WHO:  Catholic Charities’ Office of Justice and Peace Director Kevin Fitzpatrick (Moderator), Marianist Environmental Education Center Program Coordinator Tara Poling (Panelist), Concerned Citizens of St. John Director Robert Taylor (Panelist), Missionary: Director Gulf South Maryknoll Affiliates Matt Rousso (Panelist), Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s New Canal Lighthouse Museum Director Chris Cook (Panelist), Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Vice Board Chair Rob Gorman (Panelist) and Founder of The Great Delta Tours Barbara Johnson (Panelist)

WHAT:  Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) will host a virtual panel to discuss the importance of the environment and preservation efforts in Louisiana

WHEN:  Thursday, May 21, 2020  1 p.m.

WHERE: To join the virtual panel, please use the following information:

Step 1: To join the call, click:

Step 2: Click “Join Audio” on the bottom left of your screen.

Step 3: Choose ONE of the audio conference options.

Computer Audio: Click green button “Join Audio Conference by Computer”

Phone Call: +13126266799, 83105273771#, 1#,017744#

U.S. Meeting ID: 831 0527 3771

Participant ID: Look on your computer screen

 WHY: CCANO’s Office of Justice and Peace is committed to Pope Francis’ request for the community to set aside time to focus on the environment in coordination with the five-year anniversary of his encyclical Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’)

CCANO to Host Food Collection Beginning April 29

Catholic Charities will begin accepting donations of non-perishable foods for their food pantry on April 29 on Wednesdays from 10AM – 2PM at 2505 Maine Ave, Metairie  70003.

If you are unable to make it on Wednesdays, you can still contribute here.


CCANO, Second Harvest and Our Lady of Lourdes Host Food Distribution this Friday, April 24 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church located at 2621 Colonial Blvd, Violet, LA 70092 (at the Corner of E. Judge Perez Dr).

For more information, visit here.


If you are unable to attend the Donation Drive, you can still help by clicking here.


With the disruption in the distribution chain due to the coronavirus pandemic, CCANO requests that all clients who have signed up to receive boxes through its Food for Seniors Program pick them up at the following locations:

Eastbank: 7649 Townsend Place, New Orleans

8AM-1PM Monday-Friday

Westbank: 1245 First Street, Harvey

9AM – 2PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

12-5PM on Wednesday

If seniors are unable to go out for the pick-up, someone can pick up the boxes on their behalf.

In this case, seniors should provide a note indicating they’ve given permission for their box to be picked up.

Food for Seniors is currently accepting enrollments for those who meet economic need and are 60+ years of age.

Please call 504-245-7207 for questions and enrollment.

Looking to help out during the COVID-19 crisis?

Our partners at Second Harvest, Tulane CPS, United Way SELA, and HandsOn New Orleans have opportunities to get involved:

Second Harvest has opportunities to assist in their food bank. Learn more here:

United Way SELA and HandsOn have opportunities to connect virtually with seniors and at risk youth, deliver meals, assist in food pantries and more. See what’s available here:

Tulane CPS is partnering with the state of Louisiana and looking for volunteers in the healthcare fields, and other community volunteers to assist in hospital settings. Sign up for opportunities here:

Be sure to let them know you heard about the opportunity from CCANO. Any CCANO volunteer who can confirm 20 or more hours of volunteering with one of our partners will get a CCANO t-shirt when we re-open for business as usual!

Sr. Marjorie spoke with Catholic Community Radio this morning to give updates on CCANO and programs during COVID-19.  Listen to her updates during “Thursday Wake Up” here:


If you’re looking for 24 hour crisis prevention services, please contact National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.


We’re continuing all services for clients except those that absolutely require an in-person group service model, namely the legal clinic for new intakes/legal consultations for new clients.

Everything else has transitioned to occur remotely. We’re continuing all our individual legal representation, case management, counseling, and employment and literacy services remotely.

Expanded or adapted initiatives that have already been implemented to respond to community needs right now including:

  • TeleHealth counseling by licensed clinicians in English and Spanish for client families experiencing crisis, stress/anxiety;
  • Individual follow-up with almost 500 refugee services clients on their employment status, employment/economic needs, and support to file for employment-related assistance as needed.
  • Individual ESL/family literacy/citizenship tutoring by videoconference.

Expanded or adapted initiatives that are planned for implementation next week to respond to community needs including:

  • Classroom based ESL classes through zoom videoconference.
  • Updatable multi-lingual resource guide for immigrants shared with all key partners for use with the community.
  • Multi-lingual community resource orientation for immigrants directly invited through videoconference.
  • Remote bilingual wellness activities for families through videoconference (i.e. reflective practices, story time, etc.)
The ACCESS Diaper Bank will only be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM – 4PM.
Do you need assistance with SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, Medicare, and Unemployment benefits?
Catholic Charities can assist you with completing:
SNAP Application/Re-certification
Medicaid Application
Mary Smith Office (504) 861-6360 cell (504) 605-9248
Doug Kariker Office (504) 310-6909 cell (504) 260-6443

For more information, click here.

View CCANO Agency Update here.

With the growing concern surrounding coronavirus, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is following city, state and federal protocols for all of our ministries.  We remain vigilant in staying updated on how COVID-19 is affecting our community, particularly events and programs with large attendance.  We remain committed to providing hope, help and loving care for the most vulnerable and needy in the eight civil parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

If you have specific questions for one of our programs, please contact:

For Head Start: Rhonda Taylor at [email protected] or (504) 861-6359

For Immigrations & Refugee Services: Julie Ward at [email protected]  or (504) 310-6860

For all other programs, please contact us at (504) 523-3755

Head Start

CCANO Head Start will be closed Monday, March 16 – April 13.

Learn more here or call (504) 861-6359.

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