COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to protect New York’s successful containment of COVID-19, the State has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in jointly issuing a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.

Beginning June 25, 2020 if you travel to one of these states you will be expected to follow the quarantine rules. The required quarantine time period set by the NYS Department of Health is 14 days upon returning.

The list of restricted states is accessible via this link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory. This policy is in effect until further notice.

Memo re COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We value you, our volunteers. Your work is critical in getting healthy food out to vulnerable populations, and your wellbeing is important to us. If you feel sick, please stay home to reduce the risk of spreading illness. If you need to cancel a volunteer shift, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteers@regionalfoodbank.net. We have taken precautions to help ensure staff and volunteers stay safe during their shifts.

These precautions include:

  • Requiring staff and volunteers wear masks. VOLUNTEERS SHOULD BRING THEIR OWN FACE MASKS
  • Prohibiting volunteers from coming in if they are not well, have a fever, or have recently travelled to restricted areas
  • Discouraging volunteers age 70 and older, those with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying illnesses from volunteering to comply with Governor Cuomo’s Matilda’s Law
  • Reducing the number of people per shift
  • Setting up volunteer work spaces to allow for 6-feet between people
  • Having volunteers sanitize and glove their hands when entering the building
  • Stationing gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes in volunteer areas for frequent use
  • Sanitizing high-touch points every two hours and at the end of each shift, including scales and touch-pads, tables, clipboards, pens, markers, sign-in consoles, door handles, broom handles, tape guns, and box cutters

Group Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome businesses, schools, community organizations, and others to volunteer with us! While typically we can accommodate groups of up to 30 volunteers, due to COVID-19, we are currently only accepting groups of 10-20 people (based on volunteer location) to ensure everyone’s safety. We offer shifts at our warehouses in Latham as well as at the Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in getting a group together? Fill our the group request form below, specifying your group’s availability and location preference. A volunteer coordinator will contact you directly to set up your group volunteer shift.