Did you ever wonder where all the leftover produce went to at the end of the Hollygrove Market? No, we don’t take it home and yes, we do compost some of it, but the majority of our leftover produce goes to Cooking for Jesus, a non-profit organization that cares for the poor in the Greater New Orleans area.

We have been working with Cooking for Jesus for a number of months now, supplying them almost every week with a bounty of local produce that is graciously and enthusiastically accepted by the head of the organization, Nicole Cucinello-Bertus.  Nicole serves around 1,000 meals per month in the French Quarter on a meager budget of only $500, so she gets by mostly on donated items.

With the holiday season getting ever closer,  we wanted to make sure we do everything we can to ensure the greatest amount of people have access healthy food. We feel the best way to do this is by helping out Cooking for Jesus put together 300 food boxes and toiletry bags for the holiday season. They are looking for things such as blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and shoes as well as food related items. Tax-deductible monetary contributions are also welcomed .

We will do our part by collected non-perishable food items this Saturday, November, 21st, so make sure to bring out some items.

For a complete list of their needs, check out the attached document below or stop by the market on Saturday and pick up a flier.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization, contact Nicole at nicole_bertus@yahoo.com.

Cooking for Jesus Needs List