Our Commitment to our Communities
At Philly Food Rescue we are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19 as it makes its way into American communities. As an important source of food for people vulnerable to hunger, we have every intention of continuing our mission to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste every day, and especially in times of uncertainty.
As public officials urge “social distancing” and other precautionary measures, we are taking steps to ensure that we safely continue our operations and even increase our efforts as more people become vulnerable to food insecurity, while taking measures to keep our staff, volunteers and food recipients healthy.
Steps we are taking:
- STAFF – Our staff members and team will be working remotely while maintaining our current operations throughout the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey areas.
- VOLUNTEERS – We have issued communications to our volunteers, urging them to stay home and refrain from volunteering, if they are sick or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- DONORS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS- We have issued communications to our community partners and food donors to alert us of any changes in operations and will soon work with them on coordinating a no-contact pick up and drop off. We will continue to service our partners, while maintaining safety, as that is our primary concern
*Effective immediately we will be working with sites, food donors & volunteers on ensuring we are instituting no-contact pick ups and drop offs
We are encouraging all healthy staff and volunteers to continue to carry out food deliveries, but take precautions recommended by the CDC such as “social distancing” (refraining from shaking hands, for example); frequent, thorough hand washing and use of hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 60% or higher; and avoid touching the face and mouth area. We also suggest using bleach disinfectant (such as Clorox wipes) to clean areas such as steering wheels of cars that are frequently touched.
Regarding the concern of virus transmission through donated food:
Some people may be concerned about the virus being transmitted through food. We have always been focused on safe food practices.
The USDA reports that there have been no cases of COVID-19 that have been proven to be transmitted through food or packaging. While there is still much that is unknown about the virus, remember that almost any food – from a grocery store or a restaurant or a food delivery service – has been handled by someone, and in most cases, multiple people. We are diligently instructing our staff and volunteers to follow the same precautions of food handlers in other industries. There is nothing to suggest the risk in our food delivery system is any higher than those in other food distribution systems. We will continue to stay in close contact with our staff and volunteers as the situation evolves and we know more.
Now, more than ever. How we are responding to make food available to those in need:
As our valued community partners, It is more important than ever to continue our daily operations in delivering perfectly good food to those most in need.
How you can help:
If you would like to volunteer, please download the Philly Food Rescue app in your device app store.
The health and safety of everyone in our community, especially the most vulnerable, is our top priority, as it always has been.
We are thankful for the support of all who help to make our impact in feeding thousands of people with millions of pounds of perfectly good food possible.
Caring for people in need is what we do. Caring for people’s well-being is what we do. We are all in this together.
Please notify please contact Suzannah Paul or Shontae Smarr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267.218.4800, if you have any questions or concerns.
Philly Food Rescue Team