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Keeping the Community Food Assistance Network Healthy

March 13th, 2020Awareness, COVID-19

Amidst growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we wanted to let you know the steps being taken at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to ensure the health and well-being of staff, volunteers, guests and people accessing food assistance.

We maintain the highest standard of cleanliness year-round and have regular cleaning protocols in place to ensure clean and hygienic spaces for staff, volunteers, and guests. In light of the current situation and in order to flatten the curve and reduce the impact of COVID-19, we have also introduced additional measures:

  • Additional hand sanitizer and soap available throughout the building.
  • Increased cleaning of high-touch areas, such as handles, doors, etc.
  • Ongoing awareness, education and communication about effective handwashing and respiratory hygiene.
  • Volunteers and visitors are encouraged to educate and take care of themselves – practice effective handwashing and good respiratory hygiene.
  • Working with the 100+ community programs and agency partners – as part of the Community Food Assistance Network – to ensure continued support and service delivery to those who need food assistance.

We are continuing to monitor and assess this rapidly evolving situation, with updates from Region of Waterloo Public Health, Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health and have emergency and Business Continuity Plans in place, that we are executing as needed. The Community Food Assistance Network is an integral part of the Regional Emergency plans during this health crisis.

It is always recommended – if you are able – to prepare for emergency situations. During your preparations, we are asking you to consider a food or fund donation to The Food Bank, to support the 1 in 20 households in Waterloo Region who may not have the same ability to prepare for an unexpected illness or time away from work.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, we encourage you to contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health or visit their website at: regionofwaterloo.ca/covid19.