The Mid-South Food Bank announced it suspended volunteer services at its warehouse Wednesday until further notice. The move is a safety precaution to cut down on the risks of COVID-19.
The Food Bank still needs volunteers at its mobile pantry distribution centers.
Nearly 50 volunteers had been packing 14-day boxes filled with food supplies, but that has now been put on hold.
The Director of Corporate and Community Engagement said suspending volunteer services at the warehouse is going to cut down on staff getting sick.
“There are still the warehouse workers and the truck drivers and our custodial staff who are there, and so we’re needing to keep them safe,” said Marcia Wells.
Wells told FOX13 they distributed more food in two weeks than they normally do in a month.
“We will be distributing food through our agencies in bulk the way we normally do rather than packed boxes and through the mobile pantries we just packed onsite by those volunteers,” she said.
Impact Memphis in Frayser distributes food from the Mid-South Food Bank to the community every two weeks. Now staff members are coordinating efforts weekly. They ask people who need the help to text or call in their orders. That number is 901-616-1195. Impact Memphis is located at 2025 Clifton Ave.
Greater Imani Church in Raleigh will distribute 250 boxes of frozen food from the Mid-South Food Bank at their site at 11 a.m. Thursday. Greater Imani is located at 3824 Austin Peay Hwy.
“Low-income folks, people who need this food, they don’t have the money to go to the grocery store and stock up, so making this food available to them is a vital mission,” said Wells.
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The Mid-South Food Bank is getting a big boost while it deals with the increased demand.
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