Thousands of meals heading from New Orleans to Hurricane Florence survivors

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Chef Amy Sins of Langlois will oversee the transport of thousands of meals heading from New Orleans to Hurricane Florence survivors. The disaster meals were produced this week by New Orleans chefs & restaurants in Second Harvest Community Kitchen. The packaged meals will depart the Second Harvest facility, 700 Edwards Avenue in Elmwood, Sunday Sept 23 (loading meals onto Second Harvest Truck from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.) for the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. At approximately 7:30 – 8:00am volunteers will begin loading meals onto planes for Myrtle Beach, SC and New Bern, NC. The planes depart New Orleans at 8:15-8:30am and should arrive at their destination by 1pm.

This Sunday morning, Chef Amy Sins of Langlois will oversee the transport of thousands of meals for Hurricane Florence disaster victims. The meals were prepared by the New Orleans restaurant and food service community in the Second Harvest Kitchen. The meals will be loaded onto planes at Lakefront Airport.

The pilots and owners are donating the use of the planes, as well as the cost of fuel for the trip to North Carolina.

One plane headed to New Bern, NC, flown by Pilot Glenn Northcott and generously donated by BP Air LLC, will be loaded with over 2000 pounds of prepared meals. The meals are expected to arrive in New Bern, NC by 12:30pm on Sunday. The ground team led by Buddy Bengel of Bengel Hospitality, Chef Clarke Merrell of Circa 81/Dank Burrito, Chef Jeremy Cannon of Fat Fellas, Chef Gary Burk of Beer Army Burger Company and Chef Smoke Boyd of The Flame Restaurant will handle the distribution in New Port, Morehead City and New Bern, NC.

“We are thankful for the generous plane owners and pilots who stepped forward to get these meals to flood survivors and first responders quickly,” said Langlois Chef Amy Sins, who organized this week’s disaster response. “One thing I’ve learned the last few years is that disaster response is about developing a network. When that network really comes together, great things can happen.”

All of the food was prepared this week in the Second Harvest Foodbank kitchen. Over twenty chefs from notable New Orleans restaurant gathered to prepare dishes such as Grillades & Grits, Fried Turkey, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, Butterbeans and Shrimp and Bread Pudding.
“What an incredible couple of days. It is humbling to have an opportunity to return the favor given to us during our time of need. Cooking is what we do, and if we can use our skills for a good cause, even better! The Second Harvest Foodbank & their Community Kitchen were the perfect partners to make this happen.”

“We’re so honored our Community Kitchen can play such an important role in helping those in need,” said Second Harvest President & CEO Natalie Jayroe. “Our kitchen staff and volunteers do so much great work year-round in producing meals for seniors and children, and it’s truly a community effort when we can also respond to disasters in such a short amount of time.”

Chef Amy Sins is actively coordinating with teams on the ground in New Burn, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Meals are scheduled to begin arriving at airports after 1pm on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

About Langlois and Chef Amy Sins
Founded by chef Amy Sins in 2012, Langlois ( was designed first as an interactive dining/open kitchen restaurant in the Marigny before becoming the traveling culinary entertainment group it is today. Langlois is a tribute to her roots, combining Sins’ pure love of dinner party style entertaining and Louisiana culture with authentic New Orleans culinary experiences. A resident of the French Quarter, Sins is the author of author of “Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family & Food after Katrina” and the host of “New Orleans by Mouth,” a weekly radio program on WRBH 88.3 FM. Twitter and Instagram @chefamysins @langloisnola
To follow the efforts of the krewe of cooks, please visit the Facebook page at

About Second Harvest Food Bank:
Second Harvest Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food to more than 700 community partners across 23 parishes. Together, we make up the largest charitable anti-hunger network in the state. With help from our communities, we can make food security a reality for every household in South Louisiana. Second Harvest Food Bank is an affiliated ministry of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, a member ofFeeding America, and a United Way partner agency. To join us in the fight to end hunger, please visit or follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @2ndHarvestGNOA.

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