The Houston Food Bank can use the volunteers as people start to self-quarantine and groups start to pull back (AARP and Harris County Jail among those who will be understandably reducing numbers amid the virus concerns).
It’s definitely a time of need, as the Houston Food Bank’s website said their daily food distribution has doubled to 800,000 pounds a day from 400,000 pounds a day.
Of course, please be careful when making decisions about going out, and we certainly do not want anyone to feel pressured to do anything they’re not comfortable doing.
The Houston Food Bank runs Saturday shifts from 8 a.m. to noon and from noon to 4 p.m. They also do a Sunday shift from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, the food pantry (now converted to drive-through service) will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Houston Food Bank has rolled out several processes to maintain health at the facility (consistent washing of surface areas, frequent breaks for handwashing, social distancing, monitoring volunteers with coughs, etc.).
If you’re interested in volunteering next weekend, please let Justin Schneewind know and tell him your shift preference to see if we can get group together.