Unified Summer Grants Collaborative

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Summer is a unique time to provide extra care and learning opportunities. ELF helps to provide low cost options for children to go to camp as well as to have access to healthy meals.

“Across the city, we want kids to enjoy themselves, keep learning each summer and be fed nutritious meals and snacks.” – Kristin Shannon

Access to group funding with one simple application

Each summer since 2006, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has taken special initiatives to fund programs during the summer months when children were out of school. Emeril Lagasse Foundation partners with Greater New Orleans Afterschool Partnership, United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, and other national foundations in this collaborative to allow camps to request funding from multiple sources with a single application. Camps all over Greater New Orleans receive either partial or whole funding, offering safe and constructive programs to the youth of French Quarter, Treme, Warehouse District, Freret St., Uptown, Carrollton/Riverbend, Gentilly, N.O. East, Chalmette, Harvey, Central City, Harahan, Gretna and Bywater.

During summer 2010 and 2011, this collaboration is enhanced as Second Harvest pilots a Summer Feeding Program, through which it prepares and delivers fresh healthy meals to summer program sites. Through the Unified Summer Grants Collaborative, a large need for meals was identified, as of the over 90% of school children who participate in free and reduced lunch in New Orleans, only 13% of these will have a similar option to find meals in the summer.