Freestore Foodbank stops taking volunteers, asks for halt in food drives

Freestore Foodbank has been monitoring the development of COVID-19 and taking proactive steps to protect and feed the tristate community we serve. As our city’s leading hunger-relief organization, we must be prepared to provide emergency food to our vulnerable neighbors who may be impacted by the pandemic and related sudden economic changes. We are currently working to develop strategies and plans while meeting the community needs as we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. We are following guidance from the CDC, federal, state and local agencies as well as working with the Feeding America Network of foodbanks. Our team is following the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, we are not taking volunteers. We will utilize a small core group of staff to complete the work needed and moved to alternative options for packing to minimize risk and exposure. We have postponed any large events and participation in those events, upon the recommendation of state and local officials. At this time we are asking you to not conduct food drives. Doing so could add to the current challenges at the local grocers and require additional volunteers to sort and pack. If you have the means to donate financially, make a donation so we can purchase large quantities of food to be shipped directly to us for lower costs and get specific products out to our local pantries and partners. If  you would like to help your local pantry and see their needs for food or volunteers,  find one near you. If you distribute food to those in need and need assistance with food and other resources, email us directly at [email protected].

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