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Jun 7, 2011 9:55 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

New Orleans caravan takes food to Joplin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A caravan of trucks carrying seafood and
other Louisiana food favorites is heading to Missouri to feed the tornado victims of Joplin, Mo.
The caravan includes refrigerated trucks, trailers, cooking equipment, tents, generators and a music stage. The New Orleans contingent plan to feed more than 1,000 people. The group includes various Louisiana chefs and musician Amanda Shaw.
The group received a send-off from Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Monday at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, taking place in New Orleans. Landrieu called the volunteers "champions of service."
AmeriCorps director John Gomperts says the taste of New Orleans culture will be greatly appreciated by the hard-working volunteers and residents of Joplin who are coming back from a terrible disaster.

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