DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) – Food movers require people to work together to sort food.
For weeks the pandemic stopped the food urge, but finally, only
the guidelines allow them to once again be held, however, donated food will be handled more carefully and more later.
“The food will be quarantined for 14 days to ensure that if anyone who comes in contact with COVID-19 has contact with the food then he will have a chance to disappear before we actually proceed to the next. people, “said assistant director of the Wiregrass Area Food Bank Julie Gonzalez.
Food donations will be sorted by staff wearing gloves and then put on a pallet rack.
“It’s like Santa Claus. Don’t open until Christmas. We will prepare the food and not open it again until we really can use it, “Gonzalez said.
A step designed to ensure they help without hurting.
“The last thing we want to do is bring someone who has been challenged by economic difficulties and made them sick,” Gonzalez said.
Not only food drives are permitted. They are needed.
“We encourage people in public if you want to take a food trip, now is the right time. We lack canned goods. They are hard to find, so if you have reserves, please share them, “Gonzalez said.
With schools and people out of work, the food bank is working harder than usual.
In April they had 80% more distribution than last April. That was done with only 25% of its network operations.
“The majority of our distribution now is outdoors so we have more feet above the ground than usual with fewer volunteers to help and more needs,” Gonzalez said.
The pandemic also cost food banks the usual summer aid costs.
During June, the food bank was used to work with many youth groups, Bible school groups that were transferred so that we would miss the activity this year.
Anyone interested in hosting a food drive should contact the Wiregrass Area Food Bank to discuss how to do it safely.
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