The staff at MOM wants to make sure you are aware of the efforts we are taking to keep the health and well-being of everyone that comes into our office, the food pantry, and the clothing center at the front of our minds.
Following the messaging of all medical and health organizations, we are encouraging everyone to be very diligent in the washing and sanitizing of hands. We are asking everyone that comes to MOM to please wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. We have installed a hand sanitizer station at the front desk in the main office and one right inside the door at the food pantry.
- Volunteers in the food pantry reception area are being asked to wipe down the desks, arm rests of the chairs, door knobs, doors to the food pantry, children's table, and other surfaces that get touched with disinfecting spray.
- Disinfecting wipes are available for clients to use to wipe down carts prior to use. To be effective, the areas that are wiped should be allowed to air dry.
- For check-in at the food pantry, volunteers do not need to handle your ID. You can simply show it to the volunteer.
Regarding our programs specifically, the following changes have been made:
- We have temporarily suspended senior rides through the Senior Program, as of the end of this current week. Accommodations are being made to ensure that seniors who used the senior ride service to get food receive food assistance in a safer way.
- We are working to get an increased amount of soap out to our clients through the food pantry. We are currently giving a bottle of soap to every household who shops.
One recommendation that has been made to the community is to limit the number of times we all go out into public spaces. To help with this, we are offering some manager's specials on various items in the pantry to help increase the amount of food you are taking home. We are not limiting access to the pantry at this point, but we will keep everyone updated if that changes. If we need to suspend our operation, we already have a partnership established with Second Harvest Food Bank to ensure there will be access to food.
Again, the safety of our clients, volunteers, donors, and staff is our greatest concern. If you are not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home. You can also call and speak with a case manager about setting up a proxy shopper.
We will keep the MOM website (
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