OPEN HANDS FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM
COVID-19 has currently changed the way we offer food hampers to individuals and families for the time being.
As of Tuesday September 20, 2020 hampers will be available every 2nd Tuesday from 10 am-1 pm inside the building.
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 the hampers are available. Once your name is on the list, your name is automatically added every 2 weeks. You are eligible for a hamper every 2 weeks.
Once you arrive at The Gathering Place, you will be greeted at the entrance 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. A one time waiver must be signed, and you will need to initial your file that you are COVID symptom free. You will proceed to inside our main hall and line up on one of the blue dots until you are asked to come forward. ID must be shown for all members of your household. A staff member will provide you with your food hamper, and you may proceed out of the building, keeping in mind of social distancing at all times.
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!
Free Clothing and Household Items
Free Clothing and Household items are available on the alternate Tuesdays of our OPEN HANDS food hamper program. Between 10am-1pm all are welcome to visit our depot downstairs. Please note that since it is now downstairs, it is NOT wheelchair or walker accessible. Visitors will be screened at the door, you will need to sign a one time waiver, and initial a form in regards to not having any COVID type symptoms. Volunteers are available to help you look for specific items if need be. Please keep in mind that masks are mandatory upon entrance to our building.
Donations are gratefully accepted- please call us at 623-8184 to arrange a time to drop off your donations.