About Feed the Second Line

Feed the Second Line is non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the culture bearers of New Orleans. We seek to build a more equitable city by creating opportunity for the people that make it a vibrant place. 

We support culture bearers by purchasing groceries and other essentials, we create job opportunities for culture-bearers, we provide general support for those who make our city culturally rich place.

We believe that all people are inherently creative. Our definition of culture bearer is broad and inclusive of a wide range of creative practices, both formal and informal — all of which make New Orleans a magical place to live and visit. 

How We Started

Initially, we were concerned about our elder culture bearers catching COVID at the grocery store. In particular, New Orleans legends like Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Mr. Benny Jones, leader of the Treme Brass Band. Recognizing that much of New Orleans culture is created by regular folks, we wanted to support others who make our city's vibrant street culture - baby dolls, Black Masking Indians, Second lines, musicians, and more.

We thought buying groceries for folks would help protect our culture during COVID... but also creating well-paying gig-work opportunities for musicians, who lost much of their earning opportunities.

Buying someone's groceries also has tremendous power to fight income inequality. And we believe that our city's culture bearers must supported so they can continue to make the culture we all love. Groceries are a way to say "Thank you" for all the years of culture they have created.

Board of Directors

Christine
Christine
Bonizis
Devin
Devin
De Wulf

Devin is a stay at home dad of two, and founder of Feed the Second Line and Krewe of Red Beans.

Collin
Collin
Ferguson

Collin Ferguson is the cofounder of Where Y'Art.  She is deeply passionate about the culture bearers and artists that live in our community, and her business aimes to provide meaningful work that can support these creatives.

Chris
Chris
Fettin

Chris Fettin is the prinicipal and founder of Hundred Acre Design, a digital design and communications studio based in New Orleans.

Ashley
Ashley
Hanson

Ashely runs Hansen's Sno-Bliz — a multigenerational snoabll stand serving all New Orleanians since 1939. She is proud to carry on her family's sweet legacy in service to her beloved New Orleans community.

Al
Al
Jackson
Fred
Fred
Johnson
Dr. Jarrett
Dr. Jarrett
Johnson OD, MPH
Nathalie
Nathalie
Jordie

Nathalie Jordi is a co-founder of Hotel Peter & Paul and lives in the Marigny with her husband and two sons.

Karen
Karen
Marshall
Desmond
Desmond
Melancon
Barbara
Barbara
Newton
Ashley
Ashley
Shabankareh

Ashley Shabankareh (she/her) is a trombonist, vocalist, music educator, and arts administrator, who currently works to support arts organizations in New Orleans, including Artist Corps New Orleans, Upbeat Academy Foundation, and New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Tahj
Tahj
Wiliams

Tahj Williams also known as Queen Tahj is a Mardi Gras Indian and designer. She’s mask with the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe.