Free Grocery Distribution at Lake Charles Civic Center - Volunteers Needed

February 2, 2021, by Tami

Free Grocery Distribution at Lake Charles Civic Center

Volunteers Needed on February 9

LAKE CHARLES, LA, January 29 – United Way of Southwest Louisiana is planning a drive-thru grocery distribution at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Tuesday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is open to the public and requires no registration or paperwork.

Community members should enter the Civic Center via Gill Street.

“We know there are thousands of families struggling with the aftereffects of two hurricanes and pandemic closures,” explained Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana. “Our team has been working since last March to make sure our most vulnerable community members have what they need and that is not going to stop just because we’re in a new year.”

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank will provide frozen and other non-perishable goods for this drive-thru event. Attendees are encouraged to make sure their trunks are emptied prior to visiting as all items will be placed in the trunk.

“Volunteers will follow COVID protocols and having trunks open ensures everyone that we have a safe event,” explained Tami Chrisope, Director of Marketing and Communications. “We are hoping to have at least 50 volunteers sign up for this event.”

Volunteers will be required to follow current COVID-19 safety protocols. Masks and sanitizer will be available onsite. Volunteers will need to be at the site by 10 a.m. to check in and should plan to stay until 1:30 pm.

To volunteer, text keyword VOLUNTEERSWLA to 41444 or visit online at

Anyone needing immediate food assistance should dial 211 for information on local resources.

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About United Way of Southwest Louisiana

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is an authority on recognizing, measuring and mobilizing the resources to target community needs in Southwest Louisiana with a focus on four pillars: Education, Economic Mobility, Health and Basic Needs. For 80 years, we have supported efforts in Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parish that improve the quality of life for all residents through volunteerism and resource development.