Global metal recycler EMR, which has two New Orleans sites; EMR New Orleans and EMR New Orleans Mid City, has continued its commitment to the local community by donating $1700 to NOLA Cans 4 Food. The funds have supported the acquisition of a much-needed food truck, so that the charity can supply nutritious meals to the less fortunate across the city.
This grassroots initiative is driven by a passionate team of young visionaries in their 20s, who have been tirelessly working to alleviate the plight of unhoused people in New Orleans. NOLA Cans 4 Food aims to improve the community by providing two needs to the city; meal distribution to disadvantaged people and aluminum can recycling, a program that involves collecting cans from local businesses, including restaurants and cafes, and using the recycling proceeds, provided by EMR, to buy food to cook meals.
EMR’s dedication to fostering community wellbeing and environmental sustainability aligns perfectly with NOLA Cans 4 Food’s values, and the donation towards the mobile unit not only offers sustenance, but also symbolizes hope, empathy, and a steadfast commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable members of the community.
Of the donation, Tony Schultz, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Manager at EMR, said: “We’re delighted to be able to contribute to this incredible initiative by gifting $1700 to help NOLA Cans 4 Food distribute meals to disadvantaged people across New Orleans, whilst also supporting the environment through the recycling of the aluminum cans and offering a premium rate to raise proceeds to buy ingredients.
“It’s heartwarming to witness how combined efforts can lead to such impactful change, providing not only food, but also hope to those in need. This endeavour showcases the remarkable power of community and compassion, creating a positive effect on the lives of those less fortunate, and EMR is honored to be a part of it.”
In addition to the food truck donation, EMR also plays a key role in NOLA Cans 4 Food’s ongoing operations by weighing the aluminum cans that the group gathers, and paying a fair market price, which is then spent on ensuring that the less fortunate across the city are fed.