AMIDST CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW COMPASSION NWA & FEED THE 479 IS RESPONDING.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our customers and clients as well as the community at large.
ARE COMPASSION NWA & FEED THE 479 CONTINUING TO OPERATE?
Compassion Center Thrift Store is closed at this time but WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS M-F 9:00AM - 5:00PM.
Feed The 479 continues to operate at it's regularly scheduled times with a few changes explained below.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS COMPASSION NWA & FEED THE 479 TAKING TO MAKE VISITORS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
Compassion NWA & Feed the 479 are taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing hand sanitizers inside front doors accessible to our customers and clients.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
We will continue to follow standard health protocols, asking individuals who display symptoms of COVID-19 to seek medical care. Also, any staff or employee who is feeling ill will be asked to seek professional medical care and to stay at home.
In addition, we encourage everyone to take common sense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO COMPASSION NWA OR FEED THE 479 IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
If you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to Feed the 479 for food you can choose to send a friend or neighbor who is not sick.
***UPDATE*** FEED THE 479 TEMPORARY NO CONTACT COVID-19 PICK UP POLICY STARTS MONDAY APRIL 6th
Beginning Monday, April 6th Feed the 479 is temporarily moving to a no contact drive thru food distribution format. We ask for patients and understanding as we move to this format to combat the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety and protection of our staff, volunteers, and clients. Clients, in this new and temporary format will need to arrive in the South parking lot adjacent to Compassion Center Thrift Store at our regularly scheduled times. At this lot clients will be met by a Feed the 479 volunteer who will place a sheet on your windshield that will walk you thru the intake process (Clients will be able to remain in their cars). After registration the client will receive a ticket that will allow them to proceed in their car to the designated pick up point at the front door of Feed the 479. There, the client will either be instructed to open their trunk to a Feed the 479 volunteer and receive their pre-bagged groceries and USDA (if eligible) food bags or they will be asked to load their own groceries if there isn't any room in the trunk or they are in an SUV or mini-van. There will be a daily limit to the supply of food that feed the 479 can distribute, as always distribution is on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to end distribution at any time without notification.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO COMPASSION NWA AND FEED THE 479?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneeze
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.