Rise Against Hunger is committed to the safety of both our volunteers and our beneficiaries. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus that is impacting countries across the world. Please read our FAQ below for more information around our organization’s response to the coronavirus.
How does Rise Against Hunger ensure the safety of its volunteers?
At our volunteer meal packaging events, we closely adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for large events. In fact, best practices around handwashing, hygiene and avoiding events while sick are already guidelines we implement at all of our events, but we are encouraging volunteers to be especially mindful at this time. If a volunteer has had a fever, cough or sore throat, gastrointestinal illness or other cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 48 hours, OR has traveled to a coronavirus-impacted area, they will be asked not to participate and wait for a future Rise Against Hunger Experience.
What is the status of upcoming volunteer meal packaging events?
At this time, we are still facilitating events. We are working with our hosts to determine the best course of action on a case-by-case basis. We are monitoring the coronavirus and its impact around the world. As more information becomes available, we will continue to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines, as well as consult state and county health departments for localized recommendations within impacted areas, in the facilitation and scheduling of events.
Are Rise Against Hunger meals still safe to distribute?
The Center for Disease Control, the US Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization have stated that the disease is unlikely to be transmitted via food. In addition to our meals, coronaviruses have poor survivability on surfaces, 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.”
Has the COVID-19 outbreak impacted how meals are being shipped?
Yes. Meals that normally shipped through China are on hold or being rerouted.
How are your international locations responding?
Each of our international locations are complying with local government restrictions regarding travel, gatherings and hours of business operation. As such, our Italy and Malaysia locations are unable to facilitate events at this time, but are closely monitoring the situation to resume event facilitation when possible.
How can partners support our work during this time of uncertainty in the global community?
820 million people are still facing hunger every day, and there are ways you can help! Please consider making a donation to help us continue to support our beneficiaries globally.