Campbell River Food Bank Manager Debbie Willis says they are trying to stay open for as long as possible. File Photo

‘We’re trying to stay open as long as we can,’ says food bank manager

Campbell River Food Bank no longer allowing clients into building, distributing outside

The Campbell River Food Bank’s distribution day is going to look a lot different.

In an effort to stay open for as long as they can, the food bank has undergone many changes in how they operate this week.

A typical week at the food bank includes smaller handouts (like produce, dairy and bread) on Monday and Friday. Distribution Days are the first three Wednesdays of the month.

The main difference that clients will notice is that they won’t be permitted in the building to get their box. They will receive it outside. Clients will also be asked to maintain a safe distance between others and there will be security on-hand.

With this week’s announcement from the B.C. Health Officer to limit gatherings to 50 people, the food bank will also be looking to minimize the size of the crowd. They serve about 2,000 clients each month.

“It seems like draconian measures,” said food bank manager Debbie Willis, “but I want to be alive and I want them to be alive.”

On Sunday, the food bank put into motion a series of measures aimed at keeping staff, volunteers and clients safe while still staying open.

RELATED: ‘Food recovery program working brilliantly,’ says food bank manager

Willis said they spent Monday cleaning every inch of the warehouse with bleach and are shifting to delivering packages on distribution day to outside.

“We’re trying to ensure their safety,” she said. “We really don’t want to close.”

They weren’t able to open on Monday for additional handouts as the cleaning wasn’t done yet, but they are moving ahead with this month’s final distribution day Wednesday and will see how the new measures go before deciding on Friday’s smaller handout operations.

Many of the food bank client’s don’t have access to social media, so she’s hoping they will find out about the changes through word of mouth and won’t be too surprised on Wednesday.

Willis said she’s tried to place her normal orders with grocery stores, but due to the unfolding situation, they’re unable to guarantee availability.

RELATED: Campbell River Food Bank full steam ahead after tough week

The food bank isn’t going to be rationing, rather they’re being prudent with food and products.

And they aren’t going to run out anytime soon. Willis said that even without additional shipments, they could remain open until the end of May if nothing new arrived.

“We’re trying to stay open as long as we can,” she said.

Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing. The Campbell River Mirror recommends visiting our website ( https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/tag/coronavirus/ ) for the most up-to-date information. Other reliable resources are Provincial ( http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/ ), Federal ( https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html )and Local ( http://campbellriver.ca/ )governments, and local health authorities ( https://www.islandhealth.ca/health-alerts ). Due to the rapidly changing nature of the information, be sure to always check the date and time of your news, and ensure information you’re sharing is up-to-date and accurate to prevent the spread of misinformation.


 

@marissatiel
marissa.tiel@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Campbell RiverCoronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Campbell River Arts Council’s Banner Project coming to a home near you

‘Banners will be reflective of how a community can stay positive even in difficult times,’ – CRAC executive director

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Federal NDP suggests universal benefit to streamline aid payments

Those who do not need money will repay at end of tax year

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Campbell River community COVID-19 agencies, services and resources list

The list outlines status of social agencies in the community

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Most Read