Here is an update on FSJNA’s Fifth Feed the First program where 78 officers of the first district police department were fed during Mardi Gras weekend thru Tuesday. During this time breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, croissants, fruit and protein bars were served.

In addition, delicious breakfast burritos were donated by The Ruby Slipper.

Bag lunches with sandwiches, chips, cookies, mints and gum were delivered to the officers on the route.

There were so many wonderful people involved in Feed the First this year. Soprano’s thoughtfully donated a beautiful large box of fresh fruit to the 1st District for Mardi Gras Day including bananas, apples, oranges and pears. This was a big hit and the officers were very appreciative.

linda-pies-Feed1st-2014mar2On Monday Charlotte Pipes, Linda Landesberg and Susan Roth peeled several pounds of apples so that Linda could bake six scrumptious homemade apple pies. Talk about loving from the oven! Needless to say everyone loved the pies. On Monday night, hot dogs and chili were dished out at the station.

On Tuesday, Jim Danner provided his special red beans and rice for lunch with the help of his faithful crew.

Special thanks to Diane Angelico, Linda Landesberg, Bonnie Lee, Charlie London, Mona McMahon and Charlotte Pipes who got up as early as 3:30 in the morning to prepare and serve breakfast and once finished report back to make lunches with delicious Terranova Brothers sandwich meat. I’d especially like to point out the good cheer that these volunteers shared with the officers, making a very long day a bit brighter.

Thank you to cash donors, Suzanne Accorsi, Frank Israel, Meg and Rocky Seydel and Priscilla Zeller.

Rodney Beals once again came through and provided all the sandwich rounds and hot dog buns which was a big saving for us. Terranova Brothers donated goods as well.

deutsches1-Feed1st-2014mar1We wouldn’t be able to offer such a wonderful breakfast without Deutsches Haus’ Joe and Doranel Stephany who have shown what great neighbors they are even before moving into our area. Deutsches Haus provided their professional kitchen and Joe and Doranel arrived early to get the breakfasts started. Thank you Joe and Doranel, you’re delightful!

It was truly a rewarding experience to be able to work side by side with fantastic Faubourg St John neighbors. Thanks to everyone who participated.

If you have any ideas on how we can step up our game for 2015 we’d love to hear your suggestions. A couple of ideas that we’re tossing about is to offer grilled hamburgers one day and maybe sloppy roast beef sandwiches another.

Brenda London


Great things happen when you FEED THE FIRST!


photos for this post courtesy Mona McMahon, Charlotte Pipes, Linda Landesberg and Brenda London. These ladies along with Diane Angelico who not only helped but donated to the cause, all helped to make the 5th annual FEED THE FIRST program a success.
FeedFirst2-2014mar4Mardi Gras began at 4 a.m. for Mona McMahon, Joe Stephany, Brenda London and Charlotte Pipes who were all part of feeding the New Orleans Police Department’s First District officers.
FeedFirst3-2014mar4The First District officers were all very grateful to have a hot meal ready for them before the went to their assigned posts along the Mardi Gras routes.

Many thanks to all the great people who helped


Linda Landesberg made apple pies for the
1st District officers

by Brenda London

Happy Mardi Gras!

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association
will again “Feed the 1st District” during Mardi Gras weekend.
During that four day period hot breakfasts are served along with bag lunches for the officers. Last year dinner was also served to the officers before they went out on their route on Lundi Gras and red beans and rice lunches were provided on Mardi Gras Day. This was all accomplished because of wonderful neighbors of Faubourg St. John who volunteered their time. Our First District Police Officers work 12 hour shifts during this time and are very appreciative of the fresh food that we provide.

We’re very fortunate that the Deutsches Haus is helping us again this year with use of their kitchen and food preparation, but we need you! Volunteers are needed to help prepare and deliver food on Saturday and Sunday of Mardi Gras weekend!

If you’re available to help or have any questions please write back to If you can’t donate your time please consider supporting this worthy cause, donations are always welcome in any amount.

Thanks for your consideration. This program has been personally rewarding and if you participate I promise you’ll be glad you did!

Many thanks to the Ruby Slipper Cafe for helping to FEED THE FIRST.


Terranova’s consistently donates to events and programs in Faubourg St. John.

The table is all ready to FEED THE FIRST!

The table is all ready to FEED THE FIRST!

Lots of supplies are needed to Feed the 1st.  Can you help?

Lots of supplies are needed to Feed the 1st. Can you help?


Brenda London made sandwiches for the 1st District officers out on the Mardi Gras routes.


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