Wayne Stabiler, Jr., CEO of Disaster Resource Group, today announced the donation of nearly 20,000 meals to prepare and give to families in Lake Charles affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
The massive culinary event and family meal giveaway will take place on Saturday, December 19 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Holiday meals will be portioned and packaged for distribution to 2,000 families via a “family meal tray” to feed eight to ten people.
The traditional festive meal specially prepared with roast turkey and all the trimmings will be provided free of charge via the contactless vehicle distribution at an event called “Holiday Helpings Family Meal Giveaway”.
Meal distribution begins at 10 a.m. until all meals have been donated on a first come, first served basis.
“We are deeply grateful for providing emergency services to the hard-working power restoration crews at Lake Charles; and we know firsthand that this community has suffered tremendous losses. In addition, they fight against fatigue related to COVID.
We want to bring some hope and happiness to this community, ”added Stabiler. -more- Holiday Helpings Family Meal Giveaway / 2 Disaster Resource Group works with the Mayor’s Office of Lake Charles and United Way of Southwest Louisiana to manage the event as well as to encourage churches, civic organizations, non-profit organizations and new media to get information out to those who need it most in this local community.
The Disaster Resource Group team will arrive in Lake Charles two days before the event to begin mass preparation of the fresh meals on site, said Dondi McNulty, business manager. “Using our industrial mobile catering kitchens and workforce, the team will roast over 2,000 turkeys, 5,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 5,000 pounds of green beans and 2,000 pecan pies. McNulty said.
“We plan to bring in more than 50 team members to cook, package, assemble and distribute the family meal dishes to offer. It will be a quality festive meal, ready to eat or to reheat.
All COVID security measures will be in place during meal preparation and distribution.
Vehicles should enter the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 N. Lakeshore Drive, via Bord Du Lac Drive on the north side of the facility, and follow the signs.
For more information, call United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Tami Chrisope at (337) 433-1088.