Port Orleans Brewing partners with Drew Brees’ foundation for new food relief effort during coronavirus fight

Former New Orleans Saint Zach Strief has been using his resources as a local brewery owner during the cornavirus crisis. Strief’s latest effort is a partnership with Drew Brees’ foundation, the Brees Dream Foundation, to help patients battling with COVID-19.

Zack Strief and Port Orleans Brewing Co. teams up with the Drew Brees Foundation for a new food relief effort for COVID-19 patients. Photo courtesy: Port Orleans Brewing Co. via Facebook; Mark Lagrange

The new effort helps provide family care packages for Ochsner Hospital patients who have been tested or discharged after any medical treatment for COVID-19.

These care pacakges provide a weeks’ worth of fresh produce, meats and other groceries for a family of four as loved ones return home from the hospital.

“We saw a need in our community and these packages are just a small gesture to make the immediate time following treatment or testing just a little less hectic for patients and their families,” said Zack Strief, Port Orleans Brewing Co. owner. “We created POB United out of love and compassion for the community that has served us for the last three years and as a way make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.”

Each patient receives a ticket to be exchanged for a POB United care package that can be picked up at Port Orleans Brewing Co. any day of the week between noon and 4 p.m.

Strief’s non-profit POB United hopes to provide more than 100,000 meals to patients through the partnership with Brees Dream Foundation and other companies.

“We felt like this was an area that was being overlooked, and we didn’t want anyone to slip through the cracks,” Drew Brees said. “It’s an easy decision to give back to the people of the city who have given so much of themselves.” The Brees Dream Foundation has committed to match up to $100,000 to this initiative.

Photo courtesy: Port Orleans Brewing Co.

Strief recently launched his local non-profit POB United with the suppport of community partners and friends to help service industry employees during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has continued to distribute meals to Ochsner Hospital employees.

Port Orleans Brewing Co. has also become a hub for distributing free community meals to laid-off hospitality workers every Wednesday and Friday. The meals are distributed those days from noon to 4 p.m.

“With overwhelming support from community partners and friends, we have started a local non-profit, POB United, to help support our service industry,” Strief said. “I am grateful to be able to provide some assistance to those who have given so much of themselves to make New Orleans what it is today—a city full of love and hospitality.”