Regional Community Highlights
Ochsner's Community Outreach Department has been awarded an AmeriCorps member position through the Louisiana Delta Service Corps.
AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service and helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. AmeriCorps members dedicate a year to community service, receive a small living stipend and following the year, a grant toward college studies.
Top Box Offering Low-cost Fruits and Vegetables at OMC - Jefferson Highway
Top Box Foods is partnering with Ochsner to offer low-cost fruits and vegetables at OMC - Jefferson Highway. Top Box Foods New Orleans is a non-profit organization that strives to offer delicious, healthy, high-quality foods at affordable prices, particularly to folks living in areas with limited access to nutritious eating options. The program is open to Ochsner employees and the public.
Individuals can pre-order either through the Top Box website or contact Jack Carrel at Jack.Carrel@ochsner.org for a paper form. Orders for must be placed by the first weekend of the month and will be available for pickup from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month outside the Community Outreach office, located behind the Tansey Breast Center. You can pre-pay or pay on site for the box(es). The amount of food varies per box. The price range is anywhere from $20-$36 and consists of 8 different boxes of fresh produce (fruit or vegetables) and frozen meat (chicken, fish or beef). Food prices are about half the cost of grocery store prices. For every box order listing Ochsner as the partner, 5% of the cost will go to support Community Outreach programs.
Ochsner Kenner Community Garden
The Community Garden at Ochsner Kenner was first built in the Fall of 2012 on Ochsner Kenner's property behind the Medical Office Building located at 200 W. Esplanade Ave. in Kenner. The garden is a joint venture between Ochsner Kenner and the Vineyard Church in Kenner. In early 2014 the garden was relocated, just steps away to an area with better drainage, and expanded. Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter crops are planted annually. Fruit trees were added to the garden in the Fall of 2014.
Since inception they have harvested lettuce, rosemary, cabbage, carrots, squash, watermelon, cucumbers, peppers, okra and more! All food harvested from the garden is donated to local food banks.
Next Volunteer Work Day is Saturday, March 25 at 8:00am. Click here for more information.
Louisiana Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business by running a lemonade stand. Through this nationwide event, each business owner/child sets up a lemonade stand and learns general lessons about running a busines by setting goals, developing a business plan, saving for the future and giving back to the community. From their lemonade stand profits, children must invest a third to their lemonade stand plus donate a third to a charity of choice, keeping the remaining third of any profits for themselves. Ochsner is proud to support such a great cause!