Many have asked how they can help the neighbors with this. We sent this question to them West Seattle Food Bank, for starters. Here’s how managing director Fran Yeatts replied with an update on the operations as well as what you can do to help:
We want to keep our community healthy while ensuring access to basic needs!
In light of the news about COVID-19, we are taking steps to keep our rooms safe for customers and volunteers. Keeping our community healthy while ensuring that all of our neighbors have access to food, emergency financial aid, diapers, and other basic needs is our priority.
This is how we move forward with our services:
· At this point the food bank will remain open. We have slightly increased working hours to limit the number of people in the food bank at the same time. Our lobby is closed so shoppers are waiting outside. We’re constantly cleaning surfaces and carts, and promoting social distancing in the food bank.
The clothesline will remain closed until further notice.
We are still processing requests for financial assistance for eviction notifications and shutdown notifications.
We will communicate with community partners to find out how best to feed our students during school closings.
We will continue to provide home delivery services for those on our list and add deliveries for those unable to get to the grocery bank due to illness.
We do not take new orders via the Baby & Child Corner, but distribute orders as well as diapers and accessories, if these are available.
People at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and people in poor health are encouraged to stay home.
How you can help:
· Financial support enables us to use funds flexibly for specific needs arising from this situation. If you are interested in financial support, please donate here.
· This is a very fluid situation. As we identify more ways this community can help, we will keep you updated.
As we previously reported, the West Seattle Food Bank recently partnered with the West Seattle HelplineHence, its mission is broader than ever and prevents people from becoming homeless and fighting hunger.