Since March, the Food Bank team has worked with many of our local partners to make sure our neighbors in need have access to food resources during this unprecedented time.
Our main priority is to continue to safely distribute food to our community. To do this, we need to make sure that our employees remain healthy. If one of our employees contracts COVID-19, we would need to pause all operations and during that time we won’t be able to distribute food to anyone.
We simply cannot allow that to happen.
Effective today, October 6, the Food Bank will temporarily pause all Warehouse volunteer activities. This decision was made based on the resurgence of COVID-19 and the current numbers of infected individuals in our service areas. We are looking to tentatively re-open volunteer shifts on Monday, October 19.
During this time, we will continue to host Community Food Distributions and Mobile Food Pantries, while also working with food pantries and meal sites to distribute food.
We will continue to monitor the local infection rates, as well as our operations to ensure that people are safely fed.
Natasha R. Thompson,
President & CEO, Food Bank of the Southern Tier