A statement on food donations and food drives

The Food Depot
COVID-19 Update
March 16, 2020 3 p.m.

Food Drives/Food Donations from Individuals

The Food Depot will not accept donations of food or household items from individuals at this time. This decision has been made after careful consideration, and is based on the following factors
• The Food Depot does not want community members to give away resources that they may need should the crisis persist for longer than expected.
• The Food Depot recognizes that because the virus has the capacity to survive on surfaces, donated food—which is typically handled by many people—may represent a contagion risk
• The Food Depot does not have the capacity to quarantine, evaluate, and sort food donations at this time given changes in volunteer staffing and the quick turnaround time required by increased demand

In lieu of food donations, The Food Depot respectfully asks for financial contributions. Making a monetary gift, at any level, is more effective due to the following reasons:
• The Food Depot is able to buy in bulk and from established partners at a deep discount, stretching every dollar most effectively
• The Food Depot is able to purchase the food items that are most necessary
• The Food Depot is able to use the funding to expand distribution capacity by accessing more trucks and drivers, as well as boxes, bags, and safety items