NOLA Navy Seafood Cook Off Helps Raise Awareness for the Homeless and Veterans
For this year’s NOLA Navy Week, Mission Chefs paired each naval ship’s chef with a local restaurant chef. We worked with the New Orleans Mission’s chef and similar organizations that serve at risk youth: Cafe Reconcile, Liberty’s Kitchen, Cafe Hope, Giving Hope. Celebrity Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz of Lola and Chef Daren “Smitty of Joey K ‘s joined us as well. The Navy Seafood Cook Off helped to raise awareness for our homeless community and Veterans.
The Winner Is…
Petty Officer 3rd Class Julie Ngyuen of the USS Wasp and Chef Joel Brown of Café Hope take the win at the NOLA Navy Seafood Cook Off.
Creating events like this help raise awareness to address a very large need in the New Orleans community. 2,464 homeless were served in New Orleans alone by the New Orleans Mission. 338 of them were Veterans. This need is seen throughout communities across the United States. In fact. there are over 578,424 homeless in the United States. Well over 10% of those are Veterans. Last year, the New Orleans Mission alone served over 240k meals and provided 322k bottles of water…awareness is important.