The Impact of the coronavirus on the LA Regional Food Bank
As of 2:00 Pm on Monday, March 30:
The Food Bank will continue to mobilize of resources to help people who are in need of food assistance. If you are in need of food assistance, please dial 211 or visit our pantry locator. The Food Bank does not provide meals at our warehouse facilities.
Food Bank operations are continuing with no major impact on our staff and facilities. Volunteer activity has declined, but we are currently able to meet the current demand for food assistance. We have started to implement our contingency plan to supplement our regular Food Bank staff and volunteer workforce with temporary employees.
We are experiencing some disruption in food donations from our regular food industry donors and are supplementing donated food with food purchases of specific items. The Food Bank is monitoring the situation closely and taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remain safe, and that our distributions and volunteer activities can continue.
The Coronavirus crisis has resulted in unplanned expenses for the Food Bank. Please consider donating here.
As of the time of this writing, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank staff has no reported cases of Coronavirus.
Anyone associated with the Food Bank’s activity, including volunteers, clients and staff members are encouraged to follow the health recommendations from federal, state, and local officials.
Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
- Get a flu immunization if you have not done so this season.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about Novel Coronavirus:
LA County residents can also call 2-1-1
This information will be updated as needed.