At Rise Against Hunger, we’ve worked for the past several weeks to determine how best to continue reaching 2 million beneficiaries worldwide while 500+ volunteer events are on hold and our meal inventory is rapidly shrinking. To meet the needs of children and families who are counting on us now more than ever, our organization has resumed meal packaging activities, following CDC guidelines and local regulations, and maintaining utmost care for the safety of our volunteers, staff and beneficiaries.
Best practices around handwashing, hygiene and avoiding events while sick, aligned with the CDC’s recommendation, are guidelines we implement at all of our events. We are encouraging volunteers to be especially mindful at this time. The CDC, the US Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization have stated that the disease is unlikely to be transmitted via food, and the CDC says the potential for the virus to spread via food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures, like our boxes or meal bags, is “very low.”
With the highest safety standards in mind, here’s how our upcoming events will look:
- We have adjusted the setup of our events to accommodate volunteers based on CDC social distancing guidelines, state and local restrictions on event capacity and venue size.
- All room entry points and equipment will be sanitized for every event and shift
- All volunteers will be required to use a CDC-compliant mask in addition to our standard gloves
- Members of vulnerable populations are asked to wait to attend a future Rise Against Hunger Experience, as well as anyone who has exhibited cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 48 hours
The Rise Against Hunger team successfully recently tested this new event layout. Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look!