The growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is an important public health matter, and one that the Ottawa Food Bank is taking seriously.
We are aware the situation is changing daily, and are doing our part to take preventative steps. We are committed to doing all we can to protect our community while continuing service to our member agencies and vulnerable people across the city.
We are taking the following precautions:
- We have increased our on-site hygiene, particularly in high-traffic areas
- We have asked volunteers and the general public who have traveled or who are feeling unwell to not visit our premises
- Staff who have traveled will self-isolate for the recommended 14 days
- Staff, volunteers, and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently
- Staff are encouraged to work from home if needed
Our priority is staying healthy and ensuring there is no disruption in service for people in need in Ottawa.
Why does the Ottawa Food Bank need your support at this time?
- Vulnerable families can’t afford to stock up food for days. With your help, we will ensure they have enough.
- Some community food banks in Ottawa may need to close for various related reasons. Your gift will ensure there is no interruption of service for families who rely on the food bank for food.
- With schools closed for three weeks, your gift will help families provide meals usually received at school or in after school clubs.
- Many fundraising events have been cancelled. Your help will keep our shelves stocked for anyone who many need food during this stressful time.
- Grocery stores are having a hard time keeping their own shelves stocked, so donations of non-perishables and fresh food are not coming through our doors. We need to rely heavily on purchasing at this time.
Ottawa Public Health is providing frequent updates regarding COVID-19, including best practices for preparing for a possible pandemic. They continue to recommended that we all do our part to limit the spread of germs by:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Do not visit people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick.
- It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already as the flu virus is still circulating in the community