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Pandemic sees changes to St. Joseph Diner Thanksgiving meal for homeless

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 12:04:08-05

St. Joseph's Diner in Lafayette will not be serving their traditional Thanksgiving meals to homeless residents this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the change, Catholic Charities in their partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank will still provide meals to those with on Thanksgiving.

In July 2020, Catholic Charities of Acadiana began a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans to convert St. Joseph Diner into a full service production kitchen. These changes, they say, were made in order to better serve the needs of the Acadiana Region during the COVID-19 health crisis and beyond.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, congregate dining in the way that St. Joseph Diner has previously operated is no longer a viable or safe option, a release from Catholic Charities states. Second Harvest Food Bank will instead be providing fresh and frozen meals for the clients of Catholic Charities of Acadiana and other organizations who serve the needs of those who experience hunger.

Catholic Charities of Acadiana says they plan to notify individuals experiencing homelessness throughout the area of their options for Thanksgiving meals so that they will not go without.

For more on Catholic Charitites of Acadiana, click here.

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