Our COVID-19 Response
Information for Pantry Shoppers
In order to protect shoppers, volunteers and staff we will be operating with the following changes:
- You will be greeted by a staff member or volunteer at the entrance. We will ask you a few questions at 6 feet apart. We are asking all clients to wait outside for their groceries. No waiting inside is allowed at this time and all groceries will be brought directly to clients.
- Please wait in line – 6 feet apart, and when it’s your turn, you will be brought a standard supply of nutritious groceries. There will be no “choice” shopping during the Covid-19 outbreak. We apologize for this, and will go back to “choice shopping” as soon as we can.
- We understand you may receive some food items you’re not fond of. You may give your unwanted items to a neighbor in need, but please do not discard these items outside the building.
We understand that this operation does not allow for choice of products, but to reduce the chances of virus transmission, we need to provide service as quickly and safely as possible. We will resume normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so. Please know that you will receive a variety of healthy foods from each of the main categories including: dairy, meats, dry goods, and produce. We will get through this together.
Community Members: Social Services
For emergency resource questions please contact 2-1-1, we are aware that 2-1-1 is very busy during these times, but they will be able to assist you with information on food and shelter needs.
For Volunteers and Staff
Before you volunteer, we have some basic information we’d like to share with you about the precautions we are taking at our pantries to keep everyone safe. There’s a lot here – thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with it:
- CDC Guidelines
- We are limiting our volunteer teams to no more than 6 and trying to maintain at least 6 ft of distance within the pantry at all times. As such, it’s very important that we know in advance if your plans change and you are no longer able to make a scheduled shift. Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to reschedule to allow us time to find a replacement.
- Groceries are currently being pre-bagged by volunteers and delivered to community members at the door to limit contact.
- All volunteers will wear masks and disinfect surfaces during their shift for the safety of everyone. If you have any personal protective equipment at home, please bring it the day you volunteer, otherwise gear will be provided to you.
- We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available Monday – Saturday: pantry service, unloading deliveries, pre-bagging food, and rescuing produce from grocery stores. Please consider signing up for more than one opportunity, and sharing this request with friends and family.
- In addition to volunteering, know there are many other ways to support the pantries:
- Consider hosting a food and supply drive – ask us what is needed!
- Did you know our pantries are purchasing more food right now? It only costs us $5 to feed 1 person for 5 days. Consider helping us with our “purchasing power” by making a donation through our website.
- For updates on our operations, make sure to follow us on Facebook.
Other Ways to Get Involved
- In addition to volunteering, there are many other ways to support the pantries:
- Consider hosting a food and supply drive
- Cleaning supplies, Hygiene kits, PPE, non-perishable foods, Diapers & Formula are all appreciated.
- We have weekly pick-ups from local grocery stores where volunteers are needed! Food waste is at an all time high during this pandemic, read more about it here. If interested in helping this cause contact our Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For updates on our operations, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Sign-up for our Newsletter at the bottom of this page!
- If you have a surplus of unused plastic bags at home, feel free to bring them when you volunteer. We are going through our supply more quickly than usual.
- Consider hosting a food and supply drive
Friedens Pantries exists because of the support of our neighbors
With multiple food distribution programs that distribute more than 1.3 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and wrap-around support that helps clients achieve a sense of belonging and empowerment, Friedens Pantries aims to end hunger and create a safe space for all. Make your impact today!