New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness

Summer Meals For Kids--NOAAHH Is All In 







WWL's Eric Paulsen interviews NOAAHH's Pierre Hilzim and Amanda Toups.


NOAAHH is proud to announce our awarding of a $3,500 grant to Toups Family Meal, a local non-profit working to bridge the gap of food insecurity.   This summer, Toups Family Meal is focused on feeding children in need while they are out of school.


NOAAHH President Pierre Hilzim and Amanda Toups appeared on WWL-TV morning news on Thursday, July 25, to discuss their efforts to reach more kids with nutritious fare this summer.   


Chef Isaac and Amanda Toups of Toups Meatery founded Toups Family Meal.  They are delivering cold sandwiches, meals ready to heat, snacks, fruits and veggies directly to children in need over the summer.    


In Memory Of Our Friend Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett and Allen Toussaint at Jazz Fest 2014.



"Well the coffee is strong
at the Cafe Du Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch;
But just like a fool, when those
sweet goodies cool, I ate 'til I ate way too much.
Cause I'm livin' on things that excite me,
Be they pastries or lobsters or love;
I'm just tryin' to get by being quiet and shy,
In a world full of pushin' and shove." 

--Buffett's The Wino and I Know, 1974



Jimmy Buffett, you were a wonderful friend to our co-founders, the late Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville, and to NOAAHH through the years. Your support is woven throughout our organization's history.  Our hearts and prayers are with your family.  We're so grateful for the everlasting joy you brought to NOAAHH and to Parrot Heads everywhere.


Read about Buffett's love of New Orleans in this Nola.com tribute.  









Buffett performs, above, at a 1985 NOAAHH concert

with the Neville Brothers.  Below, fourth from left,

he is one of many musical luminaries at a NOAAHH event in the early 1990s.  













Three Reasons To Give To NOAAHH Now

NOAAHH Has A Legacy Of Caring   We’ve been around since 1984 when Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville founded our organization to serve hungry and homeless neighbors in metro New Orleans. NOAAHH has given more than $3 million in grants to do exactly that in the decades since. With an all-volunteer board, the money we raise goes directly to help others.

NOAAHH Never Stops Helping People In Need   In the wake of hurricanes and other crises, we always respond to current needs and gear our grants to do the most good. As we move out of the pandemic years, NOAAHH will keep providing food and shelter in years to come.

We Make Our Best Talents Shine  From early concerts featuring Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville, to performances by Irma Thomas, Deacon John, Ivan Neville, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary and so many others, NOAAHH unites our most talented musical luminaries with appreciative audiences to raise money for the common good.


Allen Toussaint Boulevard—It’s Official!

This reason for celebration is long overdue.


On Jan. 7, 2022, New Orleans City Council named Allen Toussaint Boulevard after music icon and our co-founder, who actually lived on the street in Lakeview.  His distinctive home had musical notes incorporated in the exterior.  


The Council vote came as part of an ordinance to change the names of streets from Confederate figures and white supremacists. Formerly Robert E. Lee Boulevard, the newly named four-mile thoroughfare in Lakeview runs parallel to Lake Pontchartrain.  The re-christening took effect Feb. 1.  Toussaint, raised in a shotgun house in the working-class neighborhood of Gert Town, resided at his Lakeview home prior to his passing in 2015 while on tour in Madrid, Spain.


A statement by Councilman Jared Brosett on the vote: “In a city where we have so much to celebrate, and many incredible residents to honor I feel – and I know many people feel – that symbols of hate should not be celebrated. Allen Toussaint, of course, is a native of New Orleans and a world-renowned musician, and I believe he is incredibly deserving of this honor.


In 2021, Toussaint’s son, Reginald Toussaint, did not approve the proposal to only rename the Gentilly section of the street where his father once lived and not the Lakeview section, citing it would be disrespectful to the legacy of his father.  Daughter Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux called her father, “… a uniter of people, cultures, and hearts.”


Join NOAAHH In Helping Those Impacted By Hurricane Ida 

NOAAHH is reaching out to the thousands of people in the New Orleans region who need vital support in the wake of Ida.  Our disaster recovery efforts are focused on providing food and shelter.  Following our model of issuing grants to experienced charities working on the ground, NOAAHH is working in areas of greatest need, where we can make a significant difference.   Join us and DONATE now.  

Thank you for extending a helping hand!

Happy Birthday Allen Toussaint!

Every Jan. 14th, NOAAHH celebrates its co-founder's birthday and his commitment to caring.  Happy birthday, Allen Toussaint!  We love you, we miss you, and we remain faithful to your vision of addressing hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region. 
We invite you to follow his lead and say, "Yes, We Can!"   Donate to NOAAHH now.  Watch an uplifting video of Allen Toussaint singing "Yes, We Can Can."

NOAAHH's Mission To Feed and Shelter Those In Need

NOAAHH provides grants to local organizations that feed and shelter people in metro New Orleans.  With an all-volunteer board and no overhead, we fulfill the dreams of Toussaint, who along with Aaron Neville, created NOAAHH in 1985.  Their goal was simply to get people in need the help they need.  Over the years, NOAAHH has given more than $3 million to feed and shelter our neighbors.  Join us in keeping the legacy of caring alive!


Ellis Marsalis (1934-2020)

(April 2, 2020) NOAAHH joins music lovers all over the world in mourning the loss of our dear friend, Ellis Marsalis -- forever touched, forever grateful for your musical magic. We send our love, thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family.

NOAAHH Distributes $20,000 in Grants

(Feb. 17, 2020)-- New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness has awarded  $20,000 in grants to non-profit organizations that collectively have 599 years of experience addressing the issues of hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region.

Grant recipients are:

Bridge House/Grace House, CASA New Orleans, Ciara Independent Living, CrescentCare, Depaul USA, Inc., Eden House New Orleans, Food for Families, Grace at the Greenlight, Hope House, Just The Right Attitude, Lantern Light Ministry, Luke's House, Ozanam Inn, Program of Hope, Project Lazarus, Raintree Children & Family Services, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, St. Jude Community Center, The Peace Center, Thrive New Orleans.


Watch a clip from a documentary about Allen Toussaint.

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 4.15.25 PM In 1985, music legends Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville brought together a group of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert that would benefit the hungry and homeless in the city. Because of that musical event, the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) was founded.

Since, musicians from New Orleans and all over the world have donated their time and talent to help the organization address these critical community issues through benefit concerts and celebrity mixers.  Currently, the Greater New Orleans region is reported to have the 8th highest rate of food hardship in the nation, in addition to thousands of homeless individuals, families and children.

With the support of these special artists, NOAAHH has raised more than $3 million for charity through donations, sponsorships and concert proceeds.  In turn, the organization distributes the funds raised as grants to philanthropic agencies and charities in the Greater New Orleans region. To date, NOAAHH has assisted more than 50 charitable groups experienced in providing food and shelter to those in need.

Joining NOAAHH in their efforts are corporate sponsors, who donate cash and in-kind services to help cover event production costs.  Sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAHH’s extensive publicity and signage.  Proceeds are distributed in metro New Orleans by the NOAAHH Board of Directors using a carefully screened grant application process. 

NOAAHH is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, led for its first 25 years by Sister Jane F. Remson, O.Carm.

Pierre S. Hilzim, President
Sandra E. Cordray, Vice President/Treasurer
Beth Landry, Secretary
Sr. Jane F. Remson, O.Carm., President Emeritus
Heather Cheesbro
Brooke Duncan III
Linda Easterlin
Emily Eck
Rachel Simes Guttmann
Linda Morgan                                                                
John Pope

John Rowland
Anna F. Scardulla
Michelle W. Scelson

Legacy Of Caring Concert '19

The stars aligned Jan. 12, 2019, at New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint with Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, David Torkanowsky, George Porter Jr., Tony Hall and Raymond Webber presenting a memorable NOAAHH Legacy of Caring concert celebrating Allen Toussaint.

Our thanks to these stellar musicians, and Reggie Toussaint who joined us.  Thanks to everyone who made it a sold out event, Ed White of White Oak Productions, Trevor Brooks and Sentrē Sound, Southern Hospitality Catering, and the staff of New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.  All proceeds from the concert support NOAAHH's grant to local non-profits supplying food and shelter to people in need.











NOAAHH board members Linda Morgan and John Pope pose beneath a giant mural depicting NOAAHH co-founder Allen Toussaint, just off North Claiborne Avenue in Treme; Morgan and Pope found it during a Sept. 3 visit to sites operated by Thrive New Orleans, a 2018 NOAAHH grant recipient.


Remembering Allen Toussaint (1938-2015)

On Nov. 10, 2015, the world lost Allen Toussaint, a genius musician whose talent was only eclipsed by his caring heart.  Allen co-founded New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) in 1985. We at NOAAHH pay tribute to this great man and pledge to help keep his legacy of caring for people in need going strong.

NOAAHH was founded in 1985 when Allen Toussaint, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Trustee Award recipient, and Aaron Neville, Grammy Award winner and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, brought together a groups of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of metro New Orleans.  Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, NOAAHH presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region.  Proceeds from concerts are distributed by NOAAHH to philanthropic non-profit agencies and charities experienced in providing food and shelter to those in need.




Sponsorship Opportunities

Legacy of Caring Concert Celebrating Allen Toussaint

Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 pm

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint 


To become a sponsor or learn more, contact us today

Music Legend Sponsor - $5,000

Recognized as a Music Legend Sponsor of the event
Acknowledged in NOAAHH in news releases, website and social media outlets
 8 tickets to concert

Hall of Fame Sponsor - $2,500

Recognized as a Hall of Fame Sponsor of the event
Acknowledged in NOAAHH news releases, website and social media outlets
6 tickets to concert

Headliner Sponsor - $1,000

Recognized as a Headliner Sponsor of the event
Acknowledged among supporters of event in NOAAHH news releases
4 tickets to concert

Hit-Maker Sponsor - $500

Recognized as Hit-Maker Sponsor of the event
Acknowledged among supporters of event in NOAAHH news releases
2 tickets to concert
    New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness (NOAAHH) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region. Since it was founded in 1985 by music legends Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville, NOAAHH has raised more than $3 million through donations, sponsorships and concert proceeds. In turn, the organization has distributed the funds raised as grants to philanthropic agencies and charities in the region. To date, NOAAHH has assisted more than 50 charitable groups that are experienced in providing food and shelter to those in need.


NOAAHH presents an active calendar of concerts and events to raise funds to fight hunger and homelessness.

Jan. 11, 2017 

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra honor Allen Toussaint Day at Snug Harbor. IMG_3369

April 8, 2016

Toussaint Tribute At French Quarter Festival & House Of Blues NOAAHH Benefit, featuring The Allen Toussaint Band-Leo Nocentelli (The Meters, Big Sam of Big Sams Funky Nation, James Andrews, Walter Wolfman Washington, Davell Crawford and Robin Barnes.

 Jan. 23, 2016

NOAAHH Silent Auction at The Nobles Farewell Concert.  At Rock N Bowl, NOAAHH benefitted from a Silent Auction.  The Nobles also performed a tribute to Allen Toussaint.



Dec. 8, 2015

A Tribute to Allen Toussaint Featuring Paul Simon and Friends at Le Petit Theatre.  NOAAHH's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert included a reception at Dickie Brennan's Tableau.  Award-Winner Sponsor:  Diageo.  Hit-Maker Sponsors:  Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Phyllis M. Taylor, Charlotte Bollinger, Joshua Feigenbaum, Laney and Ruth Chouest and Cyndi Lauper.

May 11, 2014

Empty Bowls Project concert with musicians Jon Cleary, Freddie King and Deacon John Moore.


 Nov. 27, 2016 Pittsburgh

Music Night On Jupiter - A Tribute to the Life and Music of Allen Toussaint.

Nov. 29, 2016 New York's City Winery

The Music of Allen Toussaint featuring Jon Batiste and special guests.

Dec. 11, 2015 St. Louis, MO

A Tribute to Allen Toussaint featured Funky Butt Brass Band, Big Chief, Al Holliday, The Feed, Big Mike Aguirre, Dr. Zhivegas, Celebration Day, Street Fighting Band, Messy Jiverso, Funky Dragons & Play It Forward.


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New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, a 501(c)3 organization, raises money to help the hungry and homeless through concerts, galas and other events.

A recent study by the Food Research and Action Center reported that the New Orleans metropolitan area had the eighth-highest rate of food hardship in the nation.  Food hardship is defined as the lack of ability to provide a basic supply of necessary food.  Households with children are at greater risk.

Ticket Sales

Our primary source of revenue is ticket sales to NOAAHH events.


Other sources of income include corporate and underwriting sponsorships for events, which provide significant public exposure for the sponsor.  NOAAHH is always welcome to new sponsors. 

Auction Items

Many celebrities who support our organization and cause donate personal items and art works, auctioned at our various events.


Many persons and organizations, sharing our desire to fight hunger and homelessness, make donations to NOAAHH throughout the year.  It's easy to donate on this website under the Donate tab.

NOAAHH Benefits From Other Events

Many musical events generate funds that the producers would like to donate to worthy, qualified charitable organizations.  NOAAHH often receives such funds.  In these instances, NOAAHH functions as a foundation, ensuring the monies go to fight hunger and homelessness.  

NOAAHH Grant Recipients

Proceeds from fundraising events are distributed by the NOAAHH Board of Directors to Greater New Orleans regional philanthropic, nonprofit agencies and charities experienced in providing food and shelter.

NOAAHH has distributed more than $3 million to charity since its first concert in 1985.  NOAAHH grant recipients have included:
  • Bridge House/Grace House
  • By-Water Project
  • Ciara Independent Living
  • Crescent Care
  • Eden House
  • Food for Familes/Food for Seniors
  • Hope House
  • Just the Right Attitude
  • Lantern Light
  • Luke’s House Clinic
  • CrescentCare
  • Project Lazarus
  • Ozanam Inn
  • Raintree Children & Family Services
  • St. Jude Community Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

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NOAAHH has been extraordinarily successful through its events.  This success springs from the support of our many corporate sponsors, the City of New Orleans, commuity volunteers, and the local and national musicians who have given so generously of their time and talents. 

Artists and celebrities who have helped NOAAHH include: Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Jimmy Buffett, Charmaine Neville, Albert Finney, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Sister Bessie Griffin, Joan Baez, Huey Lewis, Frankie Ford, Rita Coolidge, Joni Mitchell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Bradley, Ellis Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Dick Gregory, The Zion Harmonizers, Glen Campbell, The Neville Brothers, Solomon Burke, Paul Shaffer, Maria Muldaur, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Boz Scaggs, Ronnie Kole, Leigh Harris, Steven Stills, Dr. John, Johnny Adams, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Nicole Nordeman, Rob Schneider, Woody Harrelson, Nicholas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Adam Sandler, The Radiators, Laurie Anderson, Chris Owens, Paul Simon, Delfeayo Marsalis, John Goodman, Irma Thomas, Bobby Cure Tammy Wynette, Uptown Allstars, Charles Neville & Friends, Katey Sagal, The Dixie Cups, Deacon John, Ry Cooder, Gospel Soul Children, Earl Turner, Branford Marsalis, The Pfister Sisters, Davell Crawford, Paul Simon, Tricia Boutte, Chris Owens, A.J. Loria, Danny Glover, Ben Vereen, Morton Andersen, Dave Bartholomew, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Jon Cleary, Little Freddie King, Shamarr Allen, Stooges Brass Band, Khris Royal, Joe Henry, Joe Stampley, Elvis Costello, Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews.


NOAAHH's main events are star-studded concert that offer a solid evening of entertainment for the price of admission. Because our performers are donating their talent, overhead is kept to a minimum and proceeds go directly to charities that aid those in need.

Black Tie Galas

Formal gala fundraisers offer an entire evening of specially planned performances by our guest hosts.  Guests are treated to a fabulous array of food and drinks to round out a memorable evening. In addition to the musical performers, guests have gotten opportunities to chat with such stars as John Goodman, Ed Bradley, John Larroquette, Adam Sandler, Albert Finney, Nicholas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Rob Schneider, Danny Glover, Ben Vereen, Woody Harrelson, Dick Gregory, Ed Nelson, Katey Sagal and others.

  NOAAHH's theme song,"Give Today for Tomorrow," was recorded by New Orleans musicians in 1985.

Check Out NOAAHH's History In This Video Scrapbook

This 30-year compilation of NOAAHH highlights was put together by former Board Member Kathy Sebastian. The song "Give Today for Tomorrow" was recorded in 1985 by a host of New Orleans musical stars.TT

Toussaint Family Keeps Legacy Alive

Reggie-Alison             In 2016, Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux express gratitude to organizers of the French Quarter Festival for booking their late father, Allen Toussaint, at the 2015 Festival.  

Get Involved


NOAAHH welcomes you and your voluntary contributions to help fight hunger and homelessness.  Contact us to learn more.  NOAAHH is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who donate their time and services to produce the musical events and oversee day-to-day operations of the nonprofit corporation.

Joining NOAAHH in this effort are corporate sponsors whose support is needed to cover the production costs of the events. These sponsors donate both cash and in-kind services for which they are duly recognized in NOAAHH's extensive publicity.


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YOU can help NOAAHH address hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region. We welcome your involvement and support. All donations are fully tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. There are many ways to help.  Become a sponsor of an upcoming event.  Donate cash or in-kind services.  Attend a NOAAHH event and bring your friends.  Or spread the word about NOAAHH and the great work we do in the Greater New Orleans region.  All sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAHH's publicity and promotion of the event. You can also donate directly to NOAAHH online using the link below.

If you'd like to mail in a contribution, send your donation to:

P.O. Box 15619
New Orleans, LA 70175

If you'd like to receive more information about NOAAHH events and activities, and receive updates on how NOAAHH funds are benefiting the community, please email info@noaahh.org.


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New Orleans City Council Declares Jan.  14 Allen Toussaint Day


The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution declaring Jan. 14, the birthday of Allen Toussaint, as Allen Toussaint Day.  Toussaint's family joined the Council in celebrating the life and works of the New Orleans musician, who passed away Nov. 10, 2015 while on tour in Spain.

Toussaint is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama in 2013.

District "A" Councilmember Susan Guidry said, "Our artists and musicians are our ambassadors, as their talents, hard work, and genius creates the culture for which we are internationally known. Their travels share that culture with countless individuals and communities, and their successes and creations infuse our city with a vibrancy and soul unmatched elsewhere in the world. Allen served our city as one of our finest ambassadors."

NOAAHH distributed $26,000 in grants to 14 organizations serving the Greater New Orleans region. March 2015.




Just The Right Attitude Honors Sr. Jane Remson and NOAAHH. 


  NOAAHH recently distributed $42,000 in grants at the annual Bread for the World Hunger Awareness Meal on December 8 at Loyola University.

  NOAAHH honored Allen Toussaint with a tribute concert for his 75th birthday in April, 2013.

  NOAAHH event, Sept. 10, 2011 event at the House of Blues, New Orleans

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How to Contribute

NOAAHH appreciates your support.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Donations of cash or in-kind services are always needed to defray event costs and to provide more assistance for the hungry and homeless. All sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAHH's extensive publicity and promotion of our events

Or mail your donation to:
P.O. Box 15619
New Orleans, LA  70175

E-mail: info@noaahh.org
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