Community Programs

Hurricane Ida Relief

Hurricane Ida has greatly impacted Southeast Louisiana. We will be involved in relief efforts in a number of capacities as is useful to our communities. Please reach out to or call us for up-to-date information about our activities.

Levee Food Pantry

Food insecurity has long been a concern in our neighborhood and was exacerbated by COVID-19 and the collapse of our tourism-dependent local economy. In response, Common Ground Relief has partnered with and Second Harvest Food Bank New Orleans to launch the Levee Food Pantry as a long-term project to help ensure that every New Orleanian keeps food on their table.

The Levee Pantry opened November 2020 at 1804 Deslonde Street following biweekly mobile food distributions run out of a Lower Ninth Ward parking lot for 8 months. The Levee Pantry team served over 130,000 pounds of food to over 1,400 unique households during mobile food distributions.

Levee Pantry Hours

  • The pantry is located at 1804 Deslonde Street, New Orleans, LA 70117.
  • Please call 504-427-8343 any time to make an appointment. Appointments may be available Tuesday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Please bring the following documents to your intake appointment: photo ID, proof of residence (bills or a lease with a Louisiana address), and proof of income (SNAP or SSI award letter, pay stub, etc).
  • Income restrictions apply, however additional barrier-free food is available on a limited basis. Pick up on behalf of another person is only allowed if that person has already completed intake and designated an approved representative.
  • Volunteer to restock shelves, conduct client intake, clean, and more by signing up here or emailing Donate specifically to the pantry here.

Anita Roddick Advocacy Center

Common Ground Relief Provides a community-meeting place for residents of the Greater New Orleans area at the Anita Roddick Advocacy Center, which is located at the Common Ground Relief office in the Lower 9th Ward. At the Center, residents may request work from Common Ground Relief volunteers and use computers, the Internet, and a printer free of charge.  The Center also helps those whom we cannot provide with direct assistance by connecting them with other reliable services.

Advocacy Center Hours

  • Please call 504-312-1729 any time to let us know you would like to use the space. Availability may include Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.