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Donaldsonville food distribution scheduled for Aug. 27

Michael Tortorich

A food distribution event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Frank Sotile Pavilion, 2162 Thibaut Dr., in Donaldsonville.

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan gives an update during his bi-weekly COVID-19 live-streamed broadcast.

Sponsors for the event include: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, state Sen. Ed Price, state Rep. Ken Brass, Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, the Donaldsonville City Council, Ascension Parish Council member Alvin “Coach” Thomas, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Ascension Parish Government.

Participants are asked to wear masks, and to arrive early for the event.

City leaders, including the Donaldsonville Fire Department, worked with Physicians United last week to distribute 300 boxes of fresh produce and gallons of milk directly to the elderly ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population of the area. According to the Capital Area United Way, 45 percent of the parish population is ALICE and have had their finances exacerbated during the pandemic. 

In other city announcements made last week:

-- CareSouth continues to offer drive-through and walk-up coronavirus testing at 904 Catalpa Street. 

A medical order is not needed. A photo identification and medical insurance card is needed. Those without insurance will be assisted by staff to get free testing.

The site remains open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. through noon.

-- City Hall has been open for normal business hours. Masks are required and social distancing is being observed. 

Business can be conducted online at donaldsonville-la.gov and through the drop box. Bills can be paid by calling 866-286-3137 for a small fee.

All utility permit requests are online and can be downloaded. The site also includes the creation of work orders for leaks, garbage pickup and can replacement.

-- The city’s Strategic Plan feedback continues this week. It is available on the city web site.

“We have received volunteers interested in becoming Donaldsonville District Ambassadors. If you are interested, there is still time to participate,” Sullivan said.

To volunteer or to provide feedback on the plan, email lee@visitdonaldsonville.org.

-- The mayor also reminded citizens to prepare for potential storm activity through the remainder of hurricane season.

He advised following the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness via Facebook, and signing up for Everbridge at everbridge.apgov.us.

-- The mayor has been delivering bi-weekly Facebook Live updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m., and on KKAY 1590 AM and KBRS 106.9 FM at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.