The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia remains open to provide food to our neighbors in need. Our vision is creating a community where no neighbor experiences hunger. It has never been more critical than it is now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are closely monitoring the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Public Health, Feeding America and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Our employees are practicing established hygiene protocols, including frequent hand washing and wearing gloves while handling food. We have contracted with a professional cleaning service to ensure the highest levels of hygiene and cleanliness.
In order to reduce risk to our employees, we are limiting access to both facilities. The lobby doors are locked and a staff member will greet those who come to the door. We have also closed the agency shopping floor to reduce the risk to our employees. Agencies are being asked to order food online and we are working to accommodate our smaller agencies who are not familiar with that system. Additionally, we have limited volunteers to a small core group of reliable and experienced ones, and we are not taking any new volunteers.
Coordinating with school systems in our service area, we have ensured that Food 2 Kids, the weekend feeding program distributed through those schools, will be continued while schools are closed. We anticipate an increase in demand through our network of some 230 partner agencies and are working with them to meet that demand.
How can you help? Our primary need is financial contributions to ensure a constant supply of food for our agencies and clients. You can donate at our website, foodbanknega.org. We are also accepting donations of food at our warehouse, 861 Newton Bridge Road, Athens and 46 Plaza Way in Clayton.