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Food distributed to residents Friday at Cajun Field

Posted at 7:48 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 20:46:40-04

On Friday, July 17, Cajun Field was the site of a food distribution event.

The food distribution was the fourth event held at Cajun Field during the pandemic and was held in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank and United Way of Acadiana.

On Friday morning, Second Harvest Food Bank said that the times for distribution were changed to 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to accommodate for the temperatures.

“Anyone who needs assistance can attend, and we anticipate having enough food for between 1,000 and 1,300 families,” Gretchen LaCombe Vanicor, director of UL Lafayette’s Office of Sustainability said.

President and CEO of United Way of Acadiana Carlee Alm-Labar was on-site all day Friday, and said, "We know to continue the economic recovery of COVID we're really going to have to have people come together to help our neighbors, friends, and families in need."

Free COVID-19 testing was also held at the Cajun Field site, but that testing was limited to motorists who visited the site to receive food, according to UL Lafayette.

Friday's testing lasted only as long as food supplies remain available.

Regular testing for the public was moved to the Carencro Community Center from 8 am until 2 pm.

Testing will return to Cajun Field on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm each day.

People who visited the site on Friday to receive food were encouraged to register for COVID-19 testing as they wait in their vehicles. Once they received their food, they were directed to the testing site.

  • No ID is needed for testing, but registration is required.
  • Pre-registration can be completed at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. Under test locations, click “Louisiana” then Cajun Field (Mobile #3).
  • People will be allowed to register at the site, but can expect longer waits.
  • Testing will be available for any Louisiana resident who is at least 5 years old. Guardians must accompany anyone under 16.
  • People must provide a phone number and email address to be tested.

People who visited the site were asked to wear masks. Those tested performed nasal swabs on themselves as they waited in their vehicles. The process was observed to ensure it is done correctly. Sealed samples were dropped in a container.

  • Results will be emailed, and posted online at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com.
  • It is expected to take three to five days to get test results.
  • People who test positive will also be contacted by phone. There is no phone number for people to call to get their results.

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