OPEN HANDS FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM
COVID-19 has currently changed the way we offer food hampers to individuals and families for the time being.
Beginning Tuesday July 14, 2020 hampers will be available every 2nd Tuesday from 10 am-1 pm OUTDOORS IN OUR PARKING LOT.
In order to receive a hamper, you MUST preregister by calling 211. Your information will be added to a list, which will be provided to The Gathering Place the day before the hampers are available. We ask that you call a few days in advance in order to ensure you are on the list. (If your name is NOT on the list, you will not be able to receive a hamper- unregistered walk ins will not be accepted at this time.) Once your name is on the list, it is automatically added every 2 weeks. You are eligible for a hamper every second week.
Once you arrive at The Gathering Place, you will be greeted at the entrance to the parking lot by one of our fantastic volunteers. They will screen you for COVID-19 by asking you a few questions and check to make sure your name is on the list, and also ask you to wear your mask- wearing masks is mandatory. (Please note that if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you not attend our food bank until you are symptom free). After you check in, you can proceed forward, maintaining physical distancing by moving from yellow dot to yellow dot until you are greeted by another friendly face ready to take your personal information, see your ID for each person in your household and update any needed contact information. After this step, you will be given a slip of paper indicating the amount of hampers you will receive. You will show this slip to another friendly face, and they will place your hampers on a table. After they move away from the table, you will be directed to move forward to receive your food.
The procedure is a little different than what we are used to right now, but as we make efforts to keep everyone safe, be assured that under those masks, there are beautiful smiling faces happy to see you!
*** Please note that ID must be shown for each family member receiving food from the OPEN HANDS Food Security Program.
We do not supply plastic bags for your hampers, it is highly recommended that you bring your own bags!
Clothing and Household Items
While we are unable to offer free clothing and household items at the current time, we are working behind the scenes to be prepared for when we get the go ahead to offer this again. Used clothing and small household donations are still being accepted, but we ask that you call us at 623-8184 or send us a message on our Facebook page/email us to arrange a drop off time. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!