We want to make sure we are in communication with you all about the efforts that we’re taking here at Care and Share Food Bank around COVID-19. We continue to work with our partners to provide food throughout Southern Colorado, and we have a team in place monitoring and responding to the situation. Nutritious food is critical to maintain good health, so it’s more important than ever to reach our neighbors in need. Help with an online donation.
The safety and well-being of our neighbors, partners, staff, visitors, and volunteers is top priority. We have created a comprehensive plan to address COVID-19. Here are some of the measures we're implementing to protect our community:
- We are stepping up our cleaning and sanitation efforts. Although we already receive high marks for AIB International food storage standards, we are adopting an “open door” policy within our facilities, so we limit how often knobs, handles and levers are touched. Doors that cannot remain open will undergo an hourly, or multiple times per day cleaning.
- We are implementing a no handshake policy at Care and Share while COVID-19 remains a concern. Please do not shake hands with staff, volunteer, or visitors. We recommend waving or verbally greeting people instead.
- We will be rescheduling or canceling any in-person gatherings and meetings. For example, our team will be postponing and currently scheduled partner agency monitors and tours with groups, donors, etc.
- Our volunteer orientations and tours are temporarily suspended. We will offer virtual orientations instead.
- We ask all staff and volunteers to please take all necessary precautions if you are immunocompromised or live with/care for someone who is immunocompromised. We support their decisions.
- We ask everyone to stay home if sick. Individuals who arrive on site with symptoms will be sent home.
- Volunteers, please use the NORTH volunteer entrance facing our greenhouse.
- Please thoroughly and frequently wash your hands in compliance with our routine hand washing policy, and follow other guidelines provided by the CDC and the Colorado Department of Health around disease containment.
- We are discouraging volunteers who have traveled internationally, or have interacted with someone who has, to please not volunteer with us.
In times of uncertainty, we remain reassured by the community spirit of our incredible supporters, volunteers, donors and partners. We will not be asking the community for any non-perishable food items, or cleaning supplies. Instead, Care and Share encourages the public to make website donations to allow us to be nimble and flexible in our response. Financial support will not only allow for neighbors and community members to stay home, it’ll allow us to respond in the ways that we see fit. The members like you allow us to be swift in our daily response to hunger. We hope we can continue to count on your support in these challenging times.
FAQs - HOW TO HELP
Q: What Does Care and Share Need?
- A Healthy Community! Please take care of yourselves and prevent the spread of disease.
- Give Funds - Help us mobilize quickly.
- Give Time - We need healthy volunteers as part of our essential public service operations.
Q: What does Colorado's Stay-at-Home order mean for Care and Share?
Care and Share Food Bank’s mission is an essential public service for Southern Colorado. This allows for the movement and operations of our staff, our food partner agency staff, volunteers, and people accessing emergency food assistance.
Q: Are you still accepting food drive donations?
Yes, though we encourage the community to create digital food drives instead to help us move faster and to keep everyone safely at home.
Q: What does Colorado's Stay-at-Home order mean for volunteers?
Like grocery stores, food banks are essential public services and we will continue to operate. Volunteers are essential as well! We will always encourage you to prioritize your health and the health of your family.
Q: Do you still need volunteers?
Yes! In Colorado Springs only, we need healthy volunteers ages 16 and up who haven’t traveled recently and haven’t been in close contact with people who have traveled recently.
Q: I’ve never volunteered before. How do I access/attend volunteer orientation?
We’re now offering virtual volunteer orientations. The video is just over 10 minutes long and you can access it here. Be sure to sign up for a shift at careandshare.org/volunteer.
Q: Can my child who is under 16 still volunteer?
No. Because COVID-19 symptoms present differently in minors, we are taking extra precautions. This is a deviation from our standard policy and we hope it is only short-term.
Q: If I’m over 65 can I still volunteer?
Yes. As long as you are in good health, you are welcome to sign up for a volunteer shift.
Q: What Precautions is Care and Share Taking?
- Fabric masks are now required. Please bring your own to our facilities!
- Update on Volunteer Efforts and Policies.
Q: What About Care and Share Events?
- Recipe for Hope Colorado Springs is cancelled.
- Recipe for Hope Pueblo is cancelled.
- Community Champions is postponed. New date TBD.
EMERGENCY FOOD ACCESS
Q: Where do I go for emergency food assistance?
We work through 267 pantries and meal programs across Southern Colorado. Some of our smaller partners have needed to temporarily close. We're updating closures as we hear of them. Please check careandshare.org/FindFood for the latest info.
Q: My kid(s) used to pick up food at school through the Send Hunger Packing (SHP) program. Now what?
SHP is on pause until our school partners reopen. In the meantime, please check careandshare.org/FindFood for pantry partners and schools that are still operational.