Resources for Food Banks, Pantries, & Other Food Distributors
We have been researching, networking, and gathering as much information as possible about what our hunger relief allies around the state, west coast, and nation are doing to keep emergency food distribution and general food banking as safe as possible. Please help yourself to the resources below:
- Drive-thru distribution and volunteer guidelines (Feeding America)
- Walk-up distribution and volunteer guidelines (Feeding America)
- Volunteer Practices (Feeding America & FFP)
Highlights of information gathered from hunger relief allies
- Some agencies are limiting the number of volunteers involved in operations, for social distancing safety, while others are relying on more volunteers than usual (with safe social distancing protocols), to help cover for staff or meet increased need.
- Most choice-style distributions have changed to pre-made bags/boxes, to limit touching of food items.
- Outdoor, curb-side, and drive-thru pick-up of food is the new normal for emergency food distribution during the pandemic.
- Some pantries extend hours, to reduce the number of people on site at one time.
- Stock up on plenty of gloves; Utilize bleach water combination to clean surfaces regularly.
- Many are not accepting food donations, for safety reasons or reduced capacity to process them. Those that accept food donations typically set them aside for 1-2 weeks before distributing, for safety purposes.
- Financial donations are most effective, so food banks can purchase food in bulk (pallets) at a low cost and make the food distribution process as efficient as possible. To help Food for People with this, click here.
- All volunteers and staff must wash hands upon entering food bank or pantry, before starting a project, and before putting on gloves.
- If any volunteers or staff feel sick (even if it seems like a cold or allergies), they are asked to please stay home and seek medical attention.
- Participant households that are ill are asked to send someone to pick up food for them or call from the car upon arrival, for delivery to vehicle.