March 25, 2020
The City of Boulder has issued a Stay at Home Order in effect March 25 – April 10. This requires that all people in the City of Boulder stay home and for businesses to implement work from home policies.
We echo the City of Boulder and Public health entities in encouraging individuals who are at higher risk please consider staying home.
BFR’s staff and volunteers are exempted under the Stay at Home order, as we are a non-profit organization providing a direct and necessary service to individuals who either have no or limited access to other food sources. Many of the community members we are delivering to are at higher risk, and are not leaving their homes or communities. We are strictly requiring that no one who is ill or has been in contact with someone who is ill to please not volunteer with us during this time.
If you are healthy and would like to volunteer to redistribute food by car or sort food, we have volunteer opportunities! Click here for volunteer guidelines and ways to get involved.
1. We need financial support to ensure our programs can continue providing no-cost fresh food in our community.
2. We need volunteers to help mobilize and get healthy food to people who cannot leave their communities.
To sign up, email [email protected]
If you are interested in supporting any of these opportunities or have goods you would like to donate please email [email protected]
March 13, 2020
We realize this is an uncertain, stressful, and even frightening time. We’ve been in coordination with public health officials and have been encouraged to continue delivering food to our No Cost Grocery Programs because our model is actually best adept at responding to this crisis. When folks will not be able to go out to access other services, they will be able to access BFR food in their communities. We care deeply about our community and will continue to serve the most vulnerable populations in the safest way possible.
While BFR is monitoring and preparing, we continue to work towards ensuring that all community members feel honored, welcomed, and protected. We encourage all community members and BFR volunteers and staff, both in and outside of BFR activities, to continue to practice important health and safety precautions, which is always important to keep us all well. Each individual and each community should definitely assess their own risk.
Now is the time for able-bodied & willing community members to mobilize:
- If you want to volunteer, please email us at [email protected]
- Any financial support you can give will go directly to the necessary hygiene supplies and logistics changes of ensuring nobody in our community gets left behind. Please support by donating here.
The USDA is reporting that there have been no cases of COVID-19 that have been proven to be transmitted through food or packaging. We have always ensured safe food practices and will continue to do so as we prioritize the crucial work of BFR.
Here’s what we’ve done –
- Developed coordinating messaging with BHP’s Resident Services Coordinators.
- Worked collaboratively with Boulder Housing Partners to share information to post and at our Grocery Program Deliveries in all languages needed.
- Sourced our response from information from local public health officials.
- Changed Grocery Program management to have less congregation, only one person touching food, and more sanitization of food. Communicated new guidelines.
- Hand-delivered fliers to sites before their next delivery.
- Hand-delivered hygiene materials and materials to support new model to all sites before their next delivery.
- Informed all volunteers (the people who redistribute and deliver the food), staff and Grocery Program Coordinators of the CDC guidelines listed below.
Rerouted food drops that were going to schools to Grocery Programs at housing sites.
- Began the coordination of finding volunteers to drop food to peoples’ homes who are more vulnerable or sick and cannot even access the Grocery Program community room.
- Three front range chapters of the Food Rescue Alliance (Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Denver Food Rescue & Boulder Food Rescue) have coordinated to create a three-pronged Pandemic Operations Plan to ensure that we continue to effectively serve our communities. This plan includes increased procedures for ensuring food is safely and effectively distributed.
Here’s what we’re doing on an ongoing basis –
- Monitoring the situation and following recommendations from the CDC And Boulder County Public Health
- Updating information shared with Resident Service Coordinators and Grocery Program Coordinators regularly (as information is changing constantly) who are committed to updating other residents and program users.
- Revising program practices to reduce the risk of virus transfer as we enter new stages of our preparedness plan.
Here are the CDC current guidelines, communicated to all volunteers and staff –
- Stay home if you are feeling ill
- Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day with soap and water.
- Use hand sanitizers if you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water.
- Turn away from others when sneezing and coughing.
- Avoid touching your nose and/or mouth
- For more information please refer to the Center for Disease Control or Boulder County Public Health