March 11, 2020
An Update from MANNA
I wanted to update you on MANNA’s operations amidst the latest local and federal guidance on COVID-19.
First, I want to be clear that MANNA is open as regularly scheduled for client deliveries and volunteer shifts. While sanitary practices are an essential part of our daily routine always, those of you who have been in our building in the last few weeks have likely noticed our heightened measures. We love our volunteers and your support of our clients, but ask that if you are not feeling well you do not come in to volunteer.
Starting this weekend, we will be delivering one week’s worth of shelf stable meals to each MANNA client. These boxes are meant to be used in case of emergency – if, for any reason, we are unable to deliver meals. We are not planning to close, but upon the guidance of health officials we want to be prepared. Thank you to our Operations team, our vendors, and our volunteers for helping us source, pack, and distribute these boxes.
I’m writing to ask for your help, as our volunteer needs are increasing. We need volunteer support more than ever, and there are many open shifts that are essential to our services – both working in the MANNA kitchen and delivering meals. Please visit manna.volunteerhub.com/ to view open opportunities, and keep an eye on our Facebook Page for further announcements.
If you are unable to volunteer but looking for a way to help, please consider making a donation to help us cover the additional expenses we are incurring at www.mannapa.org/donate.
As a reminder, MANNA encourages our entire community to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Please feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Sue Daugherty, RDN, LDN