Partner News & Updates
COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATES
RISK REDUCTION GUIDELINES
We recommend that everyone follow everyday prevention practices:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol.
- MFP tables must be sanitized before and after distributions.
- CDC does not recommend the use of face masks or N95 respirators among the general public.
- Please continue to treat everyone who visits your pantry with respect and dignity. Coronavirus does not target specific populations, socioeconomic status, ethnicities or racial backgrounds.
- Please share these guidelines with your volunteers and clients.
Additional measures if the virus spreads:
- Tell sick clients to stay home and ask a friend or neighbor to pick up their food.
- Pre-bag produce so people are not touching produce in self-select models.
- Post signage about food distribution if clients are sick. If someone is not feeling well, they should not come within 6 feet of others. A volunteer could bring their food to their vehicle.
- Create an alternate delivery system such as a drive-through distribution where clients pull up in their cars and volunteers deliver a prepackaged bag to their car.
- Please continue to use PantryTrak, especially the scanners. If alternative delivery models become necessary, we can transition to recording information on paper.
Mandatory TEFAP Civil Rights Training
The Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) requires all staff and volunteers who have direct contact with guests and/or handle confidential information to receive civil rights training on an annual basis.
Print out the training presentation and present to your staff and volunteers and have them sign the training log sheet once training has been completed. The training log sheet must be kept on site for three years and will be confirmed during bi-annual site visits.
TEFAP also requires that any TEFAP product that needs to be disposed of, for any reason, must be reported on the TEFAP Loss Report, which must be kept on site for three years and will be confirmed during bi-annual site visits.
2020 Holiday / Closure Schedule
(updated October 30, 2019)
Please note calendar is subject to change.
Calendar will be updated as changes occur.
For peer group information,
contact Matthew Griffin, Director of Health & Nutrition
Revised Nutrition Policy Effective July 1, 2016
Click here for information on the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Nutrition Policy