This page includes important COVID-19 guidelines for our volunteers and donors. Please read these guidelines carefully. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe.


If you or someone you know needs food assistance at this time, click here for a list of local resources that could help.

Si usted o alguien que conozca necesita asistencia alimenticia en este momento, haga clic aquí para obtener una lista de recursos locales que podrían ayudar. 

COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines (Updated 07/29/2022)


Because of the close proximity of volunteers working at our events, we recommend that all volunteers (ages 9+) be fully vaccinated (including boosters, if eligible) at least TWO weeks prior to our event date.

Please consult the Virginia Dept. of Health (VDH) for vaccine and booster guidelines.


Please do not volunteer if, in the last 10 days, you or someone with whom you reside have:

• Had any of the symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control, 

• Received a positive COVID-19 test, or are waiting on COVID-19 test results,

• Been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19, and/or

• Been asked to quarantine or isolate.


If you have recently traveled, the VDH recommends testing prior to attending the event.


Volunteering is not recommended if you, or someone with whom you reside, are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 illness.


Wearing a mask is optional, but subject to change if COVID-19 Community Levels for our area are high. 


All volunteers must be signed up on our event SignUpGenius and must be healthy, with no symptoms of any illness or infection.


Student volunteers (ages 9-14) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Even with all of these precautions, Food For Neighbors is unable to guarantee that volunteers will not contract COVID-19 and/or other illnesses. 

COVID-19 Guidelines for Red Bag Donors and Volunteers

Has anything changed for Red Bag Donors?

Things will stay pretty much the same since our pickup process is already safe and contactless.

  • Please remember to reply to the text to let us know if you're leaving a bag and don't forget to put your filled bag out before 8:30 a.m. on pickup day.
  • Please fill your Red Bag with the items on your bag tag grocery list. 
  • If your bag is not picked up by 10:30 on pickup dayclick here.
  • If you can't leave a bag, remember that you can always donate a virtual bag on our website.
  • If you have other questions about the Red Bag Program, check out our Red Bag page and our FAQ page.

What do I need to know if I am a Driver Volunteer? 

Your process should remain the same. We will be asking you and your team to wear masks and will provide you with hand sanitizer.

  • PLEASE READ ALL TEXTS AND EMAILS CAREFULLY IN CASE THERE ARE ANY CHANGES TO THE PROCEDURES OR SOFTWARE. For the purposes of planning, we need all drivers to respond in a timely manner. Thank you!
  • Wearing a mask is optional, but subject to change if the COVID-19 Community Levels for our area are high.
  • Please remain in your vehicle at the drop off site. A team of volunteers will unload your vehicle for you.
  • The drop-off location may have changed in some areas - please double check where you are taking your food at the end of the route. 
  • All of that information will be communicated to you when you receive your route. Please read all the texts and emails carefully so you know when to start and where to go.


Will there still be a need for Sorting Volunteers? 

Yes! We still need volunteers. 

  • We recommend that all volunteers be fully vaccinated (plus booster, if eligible) at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event. 
  • Wearing a mask is optional, but subject to change if the COVID-19 Community Levels for our area are high.
  • Student volunteers ages 5-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Volunteers should be comfortable lifting heavy bags/filled bins of food and working outside.
  • Please read all instructions/COVID guidelines on the Sign Up Genius carefully before you sign up.
  • Please always check your email prior to an event. Plans can change quickly sometimes, and we will use email to communicate those changes.
Thank you for supporting local teens in our community, and for working with us to help prevent the spread of Covid.


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