The Covid-19 pandemic has become a family affair for Governor John Bel Edwards. His brother, Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards filed a class-action lawsuit Friday, he says, on behalf of the 3,000 sheriffs in the U.S. who've spent unexpected funds reconfiguring jails to social distance inmates just when fees and tax revenues all but stopped.
St. Landry-Evangeline United Way will oversee distribution of federal funds made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
St. Landry Parish will be awarded $102,649, and Evangeline Parish will be awarded $36,041.
The funds are to be used by eligible local service agencies to supplement and expand the capacity of existing emergency food and shelter programs in St. Landry and Evangeline parishes.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health outlined a plan for COVID-19 testing and tracking that would hire as many as 700 Louisianans to serve as “contact tracers,” interviewing and advising people who have tested positive to determine who in their lives could also be at risk.
New Zion Baptist Church has partnered with Three O’Clock Project to become a meal distribution site for St. Landry Parish students. The meals distributions at the church will continue every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon until May 28. One box contains seven days of lunches and breakfast. The boxed meals included frozen and healthy entrees. One gallon of milk, as well as fresh fruit, was given out to one box of food. Any child, enrolled in school, 18-years and under, is eligible for a meal. Students do not have to be present with their parent or guardian for the pickup. Many volunteers were on hand April 30 to help to distribute food to the vehicles. Volunteers included Fran Lemelle, Chad Lemelle, Cheryl Stevens, Mellanie Lemelle, Star Clavier, Linda Reed, Tawania Gallow, Anita Johnson, Lauren Brown, Michael Joubert, McKenzie Guillory, Sophia Cole, and JoJo Reed. According to Fran Lemelle, last Thursday there were 280 boxes of food given out. Lemelle said, From left, are Left Lauren Brown, Mellanie Lemelle and Chad Lemelle. (Photo by Myra Miller)
After two months of business slowdowns and shutdowns the United Way’s ALICE is sharp focus.
Ginger LeCompte, executive director of the St. Landry - Evangeline United Way, said, “You have about 51% of our population that is living paycheck to paycheck or struggling. That’s in good times.”
The United Way releases an ALICE report — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — that is a measure of the working poor in communities.
“We always say ALICE is one emergency away from financial crisis, Well, this is definitely that time,” LeCompte said.
More people are turning to the Eunice Food Bank for assistance as the coronavirus has slowed the economy along with the spread of the disease.
Mary Ann Guillory, director, said many people have lost their jobs in the last couple of month “which means no income, and also means no food.”
The Eunice Food Bank feeds nearly 300 families. Since the pandemic, “We now adopted new registered families, anywhere from 10 to 15 families since mid March. We have also helped more homeless people.”
The food bank is accepting food items and toiletries.