YMOW is proceeding through the current health crisis with one thing in mind – protecting the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and most of all, our clients.
While we still welcome volunteers to help us with meal deliveries, we have instituted a daily screening to assess the health of everyone who comes into contact with our clients.
This daily screening will determine any symptoms a person is experiencing. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of an upper respiratory infection will be asked to leave and to stay away for a minimum of two weeks.
All volunteers and staff also will be required to commit to the following protocols:
- Wear latex gloves at all times during delivery.
- Practice social distancing. Limit interaction by handing meals off at the door.
- Use hand sanitizer before and after each delivery.
- Wipe down all communal spaces (counters, van handles and interiors, and door handles, etc) daily.
- Wipe down delivery equipment, including coolers, daily.
- Wash hands often and thoroughly, especially after sneezing or coughing. If washing isn’t immediately possible, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
We also have taken precautions in the event that we are forced to halt delivery in the coming days or weeks. Packages containing six non-perishable emergency meals were delivered to each client the week of March 9-13. Toilet paper, incontinence products and other necessities from our Personal Care Pantry are being delivered to clients upon request.
Finally, YMOW staff is making bottles of homemade hand sanitizer available to all clients.
We will continue to support our clients in these and other ways for as long as is necessary.
You can help
Of course, this extra support comes at a cost. Each emergency meal kit costs $15, adding up to a cost of $3,000. Personal care items are expected to cost YMOW between $500 and $1,000 over the next few months. Should the need arise, we may consider sending frozen meals to each client, at a cost of $14,000.
Please consider helping in our efforts to protect our homebound neighbors by making a donation to YMOW. DONATE HERE