Volunteering in COVID19 Times
Volunteering during COVID-19
The Food Banks of Feeding the Carolinas greatly rely on volunteers, especially in times of crisis. On top of our standard, daily, safety and hygiene processes, the Food Banks have several additional measures in place to protect volunteers & staff during COVID-19.
Extra Health Precautions
Our Food Banks are continuing to implement more safety processes and are going above and beyond when it comes to cleaning all areas of the Food Bank. Some key measures being taken include:
Current volunteer sessions are being capped at smaller numbers and volunteers are spread out at those stations. This is to best accommodate social distancing while still packing vital food resources.
There is personal protection equipment available at the Food Banks, however if you have these on hand and can bring them, it would allow the Food Bank to conserve those resources. All volunteers must wear gloves. All surfaces are wiped down and sanitized before and after each volunteer session with wipes that contain at least 60% alcohol.
All volunteers must wash their hands upon entering the Food Bank, before starting a project. Team members will be on site to direct you to the restrooms. Best practice from the CDC—whether at you’re at the Food Bank or not—wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
If you are feeling sick, or displaying any symptoms of illness, please stay home. It is true that we rely on volunteer power to get the job done, but we need you to be healthy and operating at 100% to make that happen! Please do not put yourself or anyone else at risk by coming to volunteer when sick. If you are displaying signs of illness while on site at the Food Bank, one of our team members will ask you to return home.
If you sign up and can no longer volunteer, please let our team know so they can fill the empty slot. You can check for any possible changes in your email or this page before coming in for your volunteer session. With your support we can help make sure no one goes hungry during this uncertain time.
Want to Volunteer?
To volunteer at a Food Bank, please follow the link below:
MANNA Foodbank, Asheville area
Second Harvest of NWNC, Triad area
Second Harvest of Metrolina, Charlotte are and Metrolina NC/SC
Second Harvest of SouthEast NC – Fayetteville area
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – Triangle area
Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC – Triangle area and East
Food Bank of the Albemarle – Elizabeth City and NorthEast
Harvest Hope Food Bank – Columbia area
Lowcountry Food Bank – Charleston area
Golden Harvest Food Bank – Augusta area and South SC
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