NEW ORLEANS (press release) – For the fourth year, local non-profit, Gladewaves will be distributing Thanksgiving Dinner along with backpacks to the area’s needy. In a drive-through, COVID-19 adaptation, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., volunteers will hand out 250 hot meals at Church of the Annunciation, 4505 South Claiborne Ave., and 250 meals at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1823 Washington Ave. in Central City. Divided between the two locations, 500 backpacks filled with socks, personal hygiene products, a blanket, fruit, water, and a sandwich will also be distributed.

“Since the pandemic started, we’ve seen an alarming uptick in families with food insecurity,” said Pastor Benjamin Groth of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. “We are happy to join Gladewaves in bringing Thanksgiving to so many in our community.”

“What started as a way to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the needy, turned into a more meaningful day for individuals who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Janie Glade, executive director of Gladewaves. “This year because of the pandemic we won’t be able to spend time with each guest, but we will still be able to let them know they are not forgotten and worthwhile individuals.”

Since the quarantine started in March, Gladewaves has placed over 60,000 meals into the community through the barrier free Big Red Box pantries and has provided over 10,000 hot take- away meals. To get involved in one of the programs of Gladewaves, or for more information about their Thanksgiving initiative, contact Janie Glade at (504) 875-1718 or visit www.gladewaves.org.