The safety of the community, our clients, volunteers, and staff is a top priority for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program as is our commitment to distributing food to our clients. We understand that the economic impact of this situation may be devastating for many members of our community, and we are dedicated to continuing to offer basic needs and services during this challenging time. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the recommendations of experts at state, local, and federal agencies on the best course of action for responsiveness to COVID-19. To that end, effective immediately we will alter the way in which we deliver our services.
What MCHPP is doing:
- We have increased sanitation protocols and have asked staff and volunteers to remain at home if they are unwell or have known exposure risk to COVID-19.
- We are utilizing limited numbers of staff and volunteers in order to reduce the amount of person to person contact in the building.
- Outside of limited staff and volunteers, our facility is no longer open to the public. See below for how food will be distributed.
- We have recommended that all staff, volunteers, and clients maintain a safe distance from one another.
- To-go lunches and bread will be offered outside the eastern entrance Monday-Friday from 11-12:30 and Saturday from 12-1:30.
- Pre-packed Food Pantry grocery boxes will be made available to clients outside the Food Bank doors Tuesday 11am-2pm and 4pm-6pm, Wednesday from 11am-2pm, Friday from 11am-2pm, and Saturday from 12pm-3pm.
- We are currently planning on continuing delivery service to homebound clients. We will be in contact with them if that plan has to change.
- We are in communication with school officials about how we can support families if schools remain closed.
- We are working to ensure our Mobile Pantry program can continue at current or alternate locations.
- We will continue to accept drop off food donations but ask that donations be brought between 8am and10am or between 2pm and 4pm Monday through Saturday to minimize the impact to our operations and help reduce the number of people on our campus at any given time. For large food drives, please continue to call us to coordinate logistics (207-725-2716).
We are operating under the assumption that there will be an increased need for food and we are committed to making sure that we are able to meet that increased need. We will continue to keep the community updated about our efforts and any additional changes that need to take place in the future. We will be providing updates on our website (www.mchpp.org) as well as on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/MidCoastHungerPreventionProgram). Most importantly, if you are in need of food and have never been to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, call 725-2716 ext 301 to find out more about our services. Thank you for continuing to support MCHPP and those we serve during this time.
– Karen Parker