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 House, and more. Most recently, on November 1, 2018, the Nourish program hosted a dinner and concert with Grace at the Greenlight (GATG), a wonderful organization that provides meals to the homeless, with Matt Lemmler performing and 50 people receiving a hot dinner. To further assist GATG's clients, the Federation led a sock and oral care drive, and was ultimately able to donate just over 100 pairs of socks, approximately 250 tubes of toothpaste, and almost 400 toothbrushes!
In 2019, Nourish began to evolve to encompass a wider range of activities and thus reach a larger population of the area's underserved, and we're thrilled to be joined by two new incredible corporate partners - as such, the entire initiative has been re-styled the "Humana Nourish Program: Presented by Metairie Bank."
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans held its first-ever community-wide multi-faith service day on Sunday, November 3 at Couturie Forest City Park. Projects included park beautification, tree planting, and birdhouse painting. A special ceremony was held to dedicate one of the newly planted trees as the “Tree of Life” in memory of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack and all other victims of hate and discrimination.
The Federation is proud to have 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!
”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
Check out a slideshow of the day's activities here:
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 email@example.com.