Reconcile Distributes 1,000 Meals to Voters at Polling Sites

Café Reconcile Closed on Election Day for Interns and Staff to Participate in the Voting Process

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 3, 2020 — Café Reconcile was closed for dine-in and take-out services on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, to ensure interns and staff can cast their votes. However, while the café was closed, a volunteer team of Reconcile staff and alumni, who tackled their own voting first, spent the day distributing a total of 1,000 free meals and bottled water at nine New Orleans polling locations as voters participated in local and national elections.

The distribution of meals began at 11 a.m. at the Dryades YMCA and at each of the following polling places until approximately 1:30 p.m.

Dryades YMCA 2200 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (70113)  NOFD Engine House #27 2118 Elysian Fields Avenue (70117)  
Edna Karr High School 3332 Huntlee Drive (70131)  Phillis Wheatley Community School 2300 Dumaine Street (70119)  
Alice M. Harte Elementary School 5300 Berkley Drive (70131)  Asia Baptist Church 1400 Sere Street (70122)  
Dolores T. Aaron Academy 10200 Curran Boulevard (70127)  New Zion Baptist Church 2319 Third Street (70113)  
 St. David Catholic Church 5617 St. Claude Avenue (70117)  

“Many voters have to work more than one job to make ends meet and support their families. They may not vote for fear of not making their shift on time,” said Gerald Duhon, Executive Director of Reconcile New Orleans. “That shouldn’t be the case.  Voting is an important part of our democracy and one that should be easy to access. By closing our doors on Election Day, Reconcile wants show our community that we believe voting matters.”

The decision to close Café Reconcile on Election Day was an easy one. As a workforce development organization that makes professional development a priority, Reconcile has made it a point to understand how race, the workforce, and elections impact our community. 

“Long lines are anticipated, and many voters will use their lunch hour to cast their votes,” added Duhon. “Reconcile’s volunteer team of staff and alumni want to support those who are participating in the voting process in a way that is true to our Café Reconcile mission – providing a free jambalaya lunch and water.” A total of 1,000 free meals and bottled water will be distributed.

Café Reconcile will reopen for dine-in and take-out service on Wednesday, November 4 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Visit www.cafereconcile.org for Café Reconcile’s daily menu and to learn about Holiday Catering.