More than 100 LSU Health New Orleans dental and dental hygiene students, faculty, staff, and volunteers brought out their cooking pots to make a New Orleans-style lunch for first responders on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Avenue. They served up jambalaya, vegetables, and sides, along with desserts to thank those who serve and protect us.
The students and volunteers then packed up the meals, drinks, dental supplies, and thank-you posters to deliver to New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) stations.
The project is a take-off on the TGIF celebrations at the dental school – outdoor events that feature cook-offs, music, games and socializing for the dental students, faculty, staff, and families. Only this time, first responders enjoyed the fabulous food for which LSU Health New Orleans dental students are known. Each class “adopted” a police or fire station to serve on Sunday. The event, started last year, is a tangible way to show appreciation for and support of the first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day.