COVID-19 Safety Protocols


Updated 5/18/2020

The health and safety of our volunteers, participants, and broader community is a top priority and accordingly, Manna is continually assessing and adjusting safety policies. Starting immediately, all Manna volunteers, including food runners, are required to wear a  non-medical mask or face covering. Please familiarize yourself with and follow the procedures outlined below to ensure the safety of yourself and others. 

Face coverings

In accordance with the CDC recommendations, Manna is requiring the use of a non-medical mask or cloth face covering by volunteers while conducting a food run/delivery as part of Community Food Rescue. Thanks to a CFR volunteer who has sewn washable masks, we have a limited supply to provide to CFR food runners and Manna participants. If needed, please take one. If you are able to, please bring your own face mask. And, we ask that you please follow these procedures for proper ways to apply, wear, and remove a face covering while conducting food runs:

  • Wash or sanitize hands prior to applying the face covering. 
  • Apply face covering to fit snugly around the nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid touching the front of the face covering.  If you do, wash your hands and change your gloves, if applicable, before resuming work.
  • Remove face covering from behind by using the ear loops or strings. Do not touch the front of the mask or face covering. Wash or sanitize hands after removing.
  • Dispose of any single-use mask after use. Launder and dry cloth face coverings before next use.

Also, please follow CDC recommendations, which specify that a cloth face covering you purchase or create should: 

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Note that Manna will accept donations of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings that have at least a 2-ply fabric construction with a preference for a pleated design that enables the mask to provide a closer fit. We are not collecting N95 masks, so high exposure risk workplaces, like hospitals and other health care settings, have the greatest access to them.

Hand hygiene

Manna recommends that all CFR food runners sanitize hands before and after food runs at each stop. Single use-gloves are not required but you may wear your own if desired.  At this time, Manna does not have the capacity to provide gloves to all food runners. We offer small bottles of hand sanitizer while supplies last. We thank you for using your own supplies as needed and ask you to please follow these guidelines about single-use glove use when using: 

Single-use gloves are not a replacement for proper hand washing or sanitizing and should only be applied to hands that have been sanitized or washed with soap and water.

Furthermore, gloves must be changed and hands re-washed or sanitized after:

  • gloves get torn or dirty
  • 4 hours of continuous use
  • touching face or hair
  • touching any potentially contaminated surface
  • using the bathroom

Manna Food Center staff will continue to monitor the recommendations of relevant governmental agencies and amend policies as necessary to maintain the safety of its staff, volunteers, and participants.

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