Just Food COVID-19 Update

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Dear Just Food Volunteers, Clients and Supporters, 

The Just Food team and Board of Directors have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. I am writing today to update you on our plans for food distribution in order to limit in-person exposure to the virus. Your safety and well-being remain our highest priority. We will be putting into place the following changes effective immediately, which include temporarily changing our operating model. 

For our clients: 

  • Effective Tuesday, March 17th, we will shift to distributing pre-packaged boxes of groceries for pick up. Our direct service pantry will be closed for shoppers in order to decrease any possible exposure to COVID-19 until further notice. 
  • Vehicles or individuals can line up and enter to the east side of the building starting no earlier than 11:30 am. Please do not block traffic to other businesses or the train tracks. 
  • Pre-packaged boxes of food will be available based on your household size and will have a point allotment of two weeks. This means clients will not be able visit again for two weeks.
  • Clients may visit the Just Food pantry to pick up their food between the hours of 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM from March 24th, March 25th, March 27th. We will continue to assess our schedule on a week-by-week basis until further notice.
  • In addition, we will have an increased mobile presence, with boxes available in Douglas County. The formal schedule will follow soon. 
  • Households may only pick up food once, and at one location.
  • The Care Cupboard at Heartland Community Health Center will be closed to the general public, effective March 14th, until further notice. 
  • All non-essential programming, including cooking classes and KitchenWorks, will be postponed until further notice.

We ask Just Food volunteers and clients to take the following preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • If clients, volunteers, or staff come in sick, we will ask you to leave for your own safety and that of others. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and use sanitizers to keep every area germ-free.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash all of your produce when you get home from Just Food, before consuming. 

We will continue to monitor this situation and send updates from local, state, and national authorities. We are committed to lessening exposure to, and transmission of, infectious disease within Just Food and ask for your help in continuing to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of everyone. 

Thank you, 

Elizabeth Keever

Executive Director

For questions or concerns, contact us at 785-85-7030 or info@justfoodks.org

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