Berkeley County MEALS ON WHEELS CORONAVIRUS PROACTIVE MEASURES
CURRENT BERKELEY COUNTY MEALS ON WHEELS
We are doing our best to continue providing hot meals to the homes of over 200 homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in a given week during this Coronavirus pandemic. Because our clients are homebound and many live alone, we are working with all due effort to ensure that we protect them from exposure and that they continue to receive regular communications from us so they know they can count on receiving their meals.
BCMOW is continuing to follow its safety protocols and safeguards around meal production, deliveries, and client and staff/volunteer interaction that were implemented in March.
• Inside kitchen staff and volunteers are limited to no more than 10 persons at a time with no more than 5 in one area
• Bags/meals are brought out to a holding area for drivers to retrieve, no longer allowing them inside the building limiting their
exposure to us and ours to them
• Drivers continue to leave meals in a cooler (or nearby table or chair), if provided by the recipient.
• Inside staff disinfect work areas throughout kitchen, packing stations, and bathrooms.
• Staff are practicing social distancing in the workplace and wearing masks and gloves, requiring anyone to stay home when they are ill.
Berkeley County Meals on Wheels is still postponing non-mission essential events and outings for the safety of staff and clients. Once concerns around the spread of COVID-19 have subsided, we plan to continue those enrichment activities and fundraisers which help educate the public about our work.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO KEEP OUR HOMEBOUND SENIORS FED DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
We are still in need of extra help to pack and deliver meals to our senior clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep our mission alive. Many of our newer/temporary are being allowed back to work and our regularly scheduled volunteers are over the age of 65, understandably and smartly opting to stay home during this crisis due to being in a higher risk group, leaving us short-handed many days of the week. If you can lend a hand, we would be ever so grateful.
HOW YOU CAN DO YOUR PART
TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
WEAR A MASK WHEN OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Practice Social Distancing, staying at least 6’ away from others that you do no share a home with
Always cover your cough or sneeze using a tissue, disposing of tissue after use
Stay home if you are sick
Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms similar to COVID-19
STAY HOME whenever possible, leaving only for essential items or appointments
By necessity, BCMOW's number one priority is the safety of its staff & volunteers and of the hundreds of clients it serves. A vast majority of our Meals on Wheels recipients struggle with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and compromised immune systems, which can make them particularly vulnerable to any number of diseases, including this strain of novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.