COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions

Placer Food Bank is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. We are taking the following proactive steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of the Coronavirus.

11. What is Placer Food Bank doing to reduce contact and/or the spread of the Coronavirus?

The following guidelines are being followed as a precaution:

  • Mandatory for all staff and volunteers to wear masks and practice social distancing.
  • Providing gloves to all staff and volunteers handling food at our warehouse
  • Making hand sanitizers available throughout our warehouse
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of hand washing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
  • Recommending people avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Recommending people avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Recommending staff, clients, volunteers and donors to stay away from work, school or other people if they become sick with respiratory symptoms such as fever and cough.

For more information on Coronavirus, please visit the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the California Department of Public Health website. Both websites are updated daily with the latest information and advice for the public.

22. Is Placer Food Bank still open and continuing its daily operations?

Yes, but we are adjusting our sourcing and distribution practices to keep food flowing throughout our hunger-relief partner network to ensure that nutritious food reaches communities that need it most. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are in the process of evaluating our volunteer and staffing needs to meet the needs of local food assistance sites. We expect to adjust to the changes, as needed.

Currently, Placer Food Bank is still open and continuing our operations as normal. Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Warehouse hours: Monday - Friday, 6:00am – 2:00pm. Our administrative office and warehouse is located at 8284 Industrial Ave., Roseville, Ca 95678, 916.783.0481, info@placerfoodbank.org. If you come to our administrative office, please knock on the front door. We are keeping it locked at this time to protect staff and volunteers.

33. Is Placer Food Bank still accepting volunteers?

Yes, Placer Food Bank is still accepting volunteers. We rely heavily on individuals and volunteer groups to help us in our warehouse and at food distribution sites. Please inquire about individual or group volunteer shifts by going to volunteer@placerfoodbank.org. Currently we are accepting volunteers ages 18-64 and those who are not facing a high risk to contract Coronavirus. We are not accepting any volunteers under the age of 18 at this time. We carefully vetting all volunteers before they enter the warehouse.

44. Is Placer Food Bank closing any food distributions due to the Coronavirus?

No, Placer Food Bank is not closing any of our food distribution sites due at this time. With the fluid situation we’re in, this could be subject to change.

55. Is Placer Food Bank accepting food donations?

At this time, we are not in need of food donations from individuals until further notice. In light of the situation with the Coronavirus, we are being vigilant about food safety and have halted food drives. Therefore, we are working, as we do daily, with our retail partners to receive and distribute perishable and non-perishable foods safely and efficiently.

66. How can our community help?

FUNDS are needed to help support those in need of food assistance during this challenging time. As a Feeding America Food Bank, and the leading hunger-relief regional food bank, we benefit from our retail partners (Raley’s Food For Families, Walmart, SaveMart, USDA to name a few) to safely supply non-perishable and perishable food items that we store and distribute from our 30,000 square foot warehouse in Roseville.

While we appreciate receiving food donations from individuals and food drives, due to the unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus, and to ensure the highest food safety standards for our community, we are asking for monetary donations at this critical time to purchase the most needed items and not encouraging community food drives. Funds we receive will help us gain access to even more people who don’t normally use our services, in addition to those who do. Donations can be made by going to placerfoodbank.org and click on Donate. Another way to help is to consider hosting a virtual fund drive to share your passion for Placer Food Bank and our mission.

While we appreciate receiving financial donation support regularly from grants, individual, community, and corporate donors, we are anticipating an unprecedented amount of people from all walks of life, all income levels, needing food assistance because of lost income and the uncertainty when re-employment may occur. Therefore, it’s imperative we make a financial plea to our community to help those in need.

77. Is Placer Food Bank hosting special Coronavirus food distributions for families and children in need?

Placer Food Bank distributes food to more than 90,000 individuals a month in El Dorado, Nevada, and Placer counties. We do this in partnership with more than 70 nonprofit agency partners ranging from food pantries to soup kitchens. At this time, Placer Food Bank does not anticipate adding special distributions due to the Coronavirus. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please visit placerfoodbank.org, click on “Get Food Assistance” for a list of available agency distributions throughout El Dorado, Nevada, and Placer Counties.

About Placer Food Bank

Placer Food bank, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the leading hunger-relief charity in El Dorado, Nevada and Placer Counties. They serve as the primary food collection and distribution center for hunger-relief efforts in the area -- distributing fresh and non-perishable food to the hungry through its network of 70 local hunger-relief and charitable organizations.

Placer Food Bank is a member of the California Association of Food Banks, and is the only local hunger-relief organization, and one of only 200 food banks nationwide, to be a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

Placer Food Bank’s mission is to sustain communities by nourishing families experiencing food insecurity, education the community about hunger, while advocating for hunger relief.