Coronavirus Volunteer Update

You may have heard in the news that Contra Costa County is one of six Bay Area counties issuing a shelter in place beginning at midnight.

This shelter in place means that residents are urged to stay at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs, primarily for food, pharmacy and medical needs.

It’s important for our volunteers to understand that food banks are designated “essential businesses” so this means we will remain open during this shelter in place. We will continue to deliver our mission of serving our community.

From Contra Costa County: “essential businesses” provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.

In order to serve our community and provide emergency food services, we need healthy people not displaying any symptoms of being sick or living with anyone who is sick, to sign up for volunteer shifts. We are experiencing an unprecedented volunteer shortage in our Fairfield and Concord warehouses. For the safety of our volunteers, we are now limiting food sorting volunteer groups to a maximum of 10 people.

The reality is if we do not collectively provide food to the most vulnerable in our community, they will not be able to feed themselves or their families.  

Thank you for continuing to provide these emergency food services during this critical time. We greatly appreciate your every effort.