CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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 03/25/2022)

 

For the health safety of our volunteers, their families, and our community, all volunteers (ages 12+) should be healthy and fully vaccinated (including the booster, if eligible) TWO weeks prior to our event date.

Please consult the Virginia Dept. of Health guidelines for booster eligibility.

Please DO NOT volunteer if, in the last 14 daysyou or someone with whom you reside have:

  • Had any of the symptoms related to 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, 
  • Been asked to quarantine or isolate (CDC Quarantine Guidelines), and/or
  • Failed to follow recommended public health protocols, including, among others, those regarding mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene. 

 

Please volunteer only if you have signed up to do so via our event SignUpGenius and are healthy, with no communicable illness or infection.

 

At this time all volunteer students must be at least 12 years old, and fully vaccinated (with a booster, if eligible).

 

Wearing a mask is optional, but subject to change if guidelines from the CDC and/or Virginia Department of Health recommend them.

 

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

 

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 guidelines from the CDC and/or Virginia Department of Health recommend them.
  • 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. Sorting events will be smaller in scale. 

  • All volunteers should be fully vaccinated at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event. You also need a booster if you are eligible.
  • Wearing a mask is optional, but subject to change if guidelines from the CDC and/or Virginia Department of Health recommend them.
  • Students who are 12 and older (and fully vaccinated) can volunteer (we cannot accept younger volunteers at this time). If eligible for a booster, a booster is also required. Please consult the Virginia Dept. of Health guidelines for booster eligibility.
  • 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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Food For Neighbors is located in Herndon, VA, and proudly serves local middle and high school students in Fairfax County and Loudoun County. For general inquiries, please email contact@foodforneighbors.org.

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