Extra Health Precautions
We are continuing to implement more safety processes and are going above and beyond when it comes to cleaning all areas of the Food Bank. We’ve changed our model of getting food to our partner agencies: we now pull their orders from our warehouse for them, and load the food into their vehicles in our parking lots to keep everyone safe. Another change is we’re purchasing produce and shelf-stable goods that are pre-packaged and ready to go. This helps us ensure we follow CDC guidance when it comes to the safety of our partner agencies, and our volunteer needs.
Current volunteer sessions are being capped at smaller numbers and volunteers are spread out at those stations. This is to best accommodate social distancing while still packing vital food resources, in accordance with guidelines around large groups. We are also limiting volunteering to ages 18-60 at this time, to best protect vulnerable populations.
There is personal protection equipment available at the Food Bank, however if you have these on hand and can bring them, it would allow the Food Bank to conserve those resources. All volunteers must wear gloves. All surfaces are wiped down and sanitized before and after each volunteer session with wipes that contain at least 60% alcohol. We’ve hired additional housekeeping staff to make this possible. We’ve removed focal points like iPad sign in and the name tag station.
All volunteers must wash their hands upon entering the Food Bank, before starting a project. Team members will be on site to direct you to the restrooms. Best practice from the CDC—whether at you’re at the Food Bank or not—wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
If you are feeling sick, or displaying any symptoms of illness, please stay home. It is true that we rely on volunteer power to get the job done, but we need you to be healthy and operating at 100% to make that happen! Please do not put yourself or anyone else at risk by coming to volunteer when sick. If you are displaying signs of illness while on site at the Food Bank, one of our team members will ask you to return home.
If you sign up and can no longer volunteer, please let our team know so they can fill the empty slot. You can check for any possible changes in your email or this page before coming in for your volunteer session. With your support we can help make sure no one goes hungry during this uncertain time.