Louisiana citizens can dial 211, 24/7 to reach a live 211 specialist to discuss available help and information for COVID-19. Citizens can also text the keyword “LACOVID” to 898-211 to have instant access to the most current information available in our state.

UPDATE: THe bureau of educational and cultural affairs (ECA) will temporarily pause all ECA-funded programs, including the IVLP program to be paused until         maY 31, 2021.


Relevant News

Dear New Orleans, 

The City of New Orleans has created a new COVID-19 meal assistance program, funded by FEMA, to help people who are not receiving other federal food assistance. The program begins in early July, and offers two meals a day (lunch and dinner) to eligible Orleans Parish residents. Homebound residents who qualify will receive meal deliveries. Pick-up locations will also be available. The program will run for 30 days. 

To sign up, New Orleans residents should call 3-1-1 or 504-658-2299. Callers will be asked several simple questions to determine eligibility.  No documentation or ID is required is the registration process. 

Eligible residents include people in the following categories who are not currently receiving another form of federal food assistance*:

  • Seniors (65 years and above)

  • Adults with high-risk health conditions & special medical needs

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed and require isolation or quarantine

  • Homeless residents

  • Children under 18 years old

*Per FEMA rules, federal food assistance programs that will disqualify residents include SNAP, Meals on Wheels, NOLA Public School Meal Program, and State-sponsored homeless hotel services that are providing federally funded meal services. For those who are not eligible for this new program, please call 211 for more information on ongoing food pantries and other meal assistance programs. 

See below for a graphic with more information. 

Please share this information with members of your community who may be eligible individuals. If you are in need of meal assistance and qualify for this program, please register as soon as possible to get the full benefit of the program.

Stay safe & healthy!  

- The Team at NOLA Ready
Helping you stay #ReadyYearRound


Covid-19 and Diplomacy in 2020: The Great Disruptor” with Dr. Kenneth Dekleva

This video is from the San Diego Diplomacy Council's first virtual event which was a success with over 100 members and friends joining in.  ”These guys are my heroes”, said Dr. Kenneth Dekleva referring to Dr. William Walter, Director of Operational Medicine at the U.S. Department of State and Dr. Michael Callahan, a Tropical Medicine-Infectious Disease expert at Harvard University ( see pictures above). An accomplished psychiatrist and former U.S diplomat, Dr. Dekleva spoke about COVID-19 as a great disruptor that will have a lasting impact on our society. He emphasized that social distancing is currently our best and only tool available in fighting COVID-19. “The time for leadership is crucial as ever, and there are different types of leadership”, he added. (He then spoke of Dr. Li Wenliang, Dr. Tony Fauci, and President George Bush. Despite the negative implications resulting from the pandemic, he believes that some positive effects include a significant rise in technological integration in the workforce and more international cooperation. “Information sharing at many levels is essential,” he said. As far as protecting our mental health during this period of isolation, he recommends that staying in touch with loved ones, supporting each other virtually, and remaining active are some of the best things we can do.