April 6, 2020

Additional Safety Measures

April 3, 2020

Dear Friends,

We are ending another successful week of delivering 34,545 meals to MANNA’s clients and their families. This is a significant increase from just one month ago, and a sign of the stress this current crisis is putting on our community. We are seeing demand for our services rise, and with your help we are doing our best to meet the need. I cannot stress enough how grateful we are for the unwavering support of our greater MANNA community.

We have one final operational update this week that we wanted to share with you.

As of today, Friday, April 3, all MANNA staff and volunteers will be wearing face masks in our facility and while out on deliveries. This is for the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff. MANNA continues to enforce social distancing practices in our facility and our No-Contact delivery policy. The use of face masks is an additional health and safety measure.

We will be providing masks, but volunteers are also welcome to bring their own. Masks should be worn at all times while in our facility, and absolutely no volunteer or staff is allowed in our kitchen without a mask.

Using guidance from the World Health Organization, MANNA has developed specific face mask guidelines and protocol for MANNA volunteers and staff. When arriving for your shift, you must wait for a member of the Volunteer Services team to review kitchen safety and mask protocol with the entire shift’s volunteers as a group before entering the kitchen.

Earlier this week, a grandmother caring for her grandchildren told us “Can I just say that you are the greatest blessing ever? I give the meals 6 stars out of 5.”

Another client wanted to pass along that “this is the nicest thing anyone’s done for me… I feel like someone’s looking out for me.”

And finally, “please thank everyone involved. You’re really helping a lot of people like me who need it.”

Thank you to the entire MANNA community for your support. If you are looking for a way to help, I ask that you please consider making a donation to support our efforts during this crisis.

From all of us – thank you and stay safe.

Best Regards,

Sue Daugherty, RDN LDN