Louisiana Tornados

Restaurants Rally to Help Tornado Victims

New Orleans operators are out in force, helping to feed victims of the tornado that hit the eastern part of the city.

National Restaurant Association

Residents in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana are cleaning up after tornados hit Feb. 7. Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in the wake of yet another devastating weather event.

Seven tornadoes in total touched down in the state, with the largest one affecting eastern New Orleans. That’s the same area that flooded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. According to Louisiana Restaurant Association spokeswoman Wendy Waren, many in the area will again have to rebuild their homes and businesses.

Pictured, top: Shaya restaurant serves up lunch to tornado victims in New Orleans (Photo courtesy Louisiana Restaurant Association)

We’re asking members who want to help to offer financial donations or nonperishable food to Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans.

“Sadly, we’re not strangers to extreme weather events, and this tornado in New Orleans has left many residents homeless,” Waren said. “Many restaurant operators have asked how they can help. We’re working with Second Harvest and also mobilizing to feed those currently in shelters. Our goal is to help meet the needs of the victims.”

Waren said a number of restaurants, including the Besh Restaurant Group’s Shaya, are out now feeding the victims.

Pictured, top: Shaya restaurant serves up lunch to tornado victims in New Orleans
(Photo courtesy Louisiana Restaurant Association)



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