A: As a food safety institution, we have always been keenly focused on health and safety. In specific response to COVID-19, we have implemented the following additional safeguards to make this experience as safe as possible for you, our staff, and those we serve. Please read and follow them for the benefit of everyone.
- If you are feeling ill, have traveled in the past 14 days, work in the healthcare field (hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home, urgent care, etc.) or have possibly been exposed to someone with the Coronavirus, (regardless of how you feel) we ask you to postpone your volunteer registration. Please do not come in to volunteer if you have tested positive for COVID-19, whether you are exhibiting symptoms or not; if you are currently sick; or if you have been exposed to someone who is sick, has tested positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantining. If you have not been able to social distance and wear a mask in public during the past 14 days, please do not come in to volunteer. If you have had COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID, you can return to volunteering if all of the following are true:
o It has been 14 days since your symptoms first appeared
o In the past 14 days, you have not had a fever and have not had to take fever-reducing medication
o In the past 14 days, you have not experienced respiratory symptoms like cough or shortness of breath
- All volunteers (and staff) are required to wear a face mask when in the St. Louis Area Foodbank Volunteer Center or at a Mobile Food Pantry site. We will provide masks and gloves if volunteers do not have their own.
- We are cleaning high touch areas in the building multiple times a day.
- All volunteers in the building must wash their hands before beginning and at the conclusion of their shift.
- We are also providing hand sanitizer and gloves.
While we greatly appreciate your interest in volunteering, the safety of our volunteers, staff and clients is of paramount importance to us. We encourage you to consider your own health and safety when deciding whether or not to volunteer during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.