Updated Best Practices for Food & Meal Distributions
- Recruit younger volunteers to help with the distribution knowing that many of our traditional volunteers have greater risks for complications from the coronavirus.
- Screen volunteers, asking questions about symptoms and taking temperatures where possible.
- Schedule shift work with no more than 10 volunteers in one space at a time.
- Set up stations so that volunteers stay 6 feet apart. Tape on floors will provide a visual clue.
- Use gloves, masks, gowns, and wash and/or sanitize hands often.
- Keep times of distributions limited to certain hours.
- Employ drive through distributions where neighbors do not have to leave their car.
- Wear gloves and other protective gear as available to hand off – wiping the gloved hands with sanitizer in between clients.
- If not able to offer drive-through, then set up as close to the door as possible, limiting the number of guests to approach at one time and demarcating places to stand. Use a table to pass food to the neighbor, either inside or outside.
- Take information for any reporting needed verbally; do not have neighbors share pens in order to report.
- There should be no congregating. All meals should be packed to-go.