Health and Safety Plan
With the relaxation of Covid-19 public health protocols, the Food Bank currently recommends all clients, staff and volunteers adhere to the following:
Public Health Canada recommends the following procedures. Regular handwashing is an important part of maintaining clean surfaces. Volunteers and staff are expected to wash their hands regularly, at a minimum, when they arrive, immediately before and after any breaks, after handling common tools and equipment, after handling faucets and toilets, and just before leaving. This is a very important infection control protocol for the Food Bank. Alcohol-based sanitizer is available at the Food Bank for staff, and volunteers to use. This sanitizer is available inside the front door, and inside the door going into the back room. There is also a sanitizer station on the wall outside the washroom. Sanitizer is in the Food Bank van for use by the driver and volunteer. Sanitizer is outside for clients to use before accessing the food line up. Handwashing sites for staff and volunteers are in the following locations: break room/lunch room and washroom. They are easily accessed by all persons in building. Handwashing should be performed frequently with soap and water for at least 15 to 20 seconds, especially after touching surfaces which could be contaminated, such as tables, light switches, and door knobs. Frequent handwashing and good hygiene practices are essential to reduce the spread of the virus. To date, there are no hand sanitizers in Canada approved with COVID-19 related claims. Although they do not claim to kill viruses such as coronaviruses, hand sanitizers can help reduce the risk of infection by, or spread of, microorganisms.
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We acknowledge that the Comox Valley Food Bank is located and provides services on the unceded traditional territories of the K'ómoks First Nations, the original stewards of this land.