COVID-19 and the Hooksett Food Pantry

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Hooksett, NH - The Food Pantry has announced it will be implementing the following changes in response to the recent Coronavirus situation. If you receive assistance from, plan on receiving assistance from, volunteer for, or donate to the Hooksett Food Pantry, please read their message (see attached to this message as .pdf). Highlights include:

• The food pantry will suspend drop-off food donations directly at the food pantry door until further notice.    • All area collection bins will still collect food that we will pickup and quarantine before it is sorted and handled through our normal operating stream to minimize any viral introduction into the food pantry.  Our pantry operations occur year-round regardless of world happenings and donations are a key part of our success.  
 Drop-off locations include:   Hooksett Library Lobby bin (if open) Hooksett Town Hall Entry (if open) Shaws checkout  (covered barrel) Hannaford checkout  (bin) Market Basket South Exit Doors  (bin)


 • The food pantry will continue to use our existing food inventory and continue to obtain food from area stores by purchasing case lots of food as normal.  We will utilize our suppliers’ normal sanitary practices and their updates for COVID-19.
 
• The food pantry will continue to accept monetary donations (cash or check) via US Mail.  Donation should be sent to The Hooksett Community Food Pantry, 35 Main Street, Hooksett, NH 03106.  Checks should be made payable to The Hooksett Food Pantry.    We have also setup a paypal account option at:  https://www.hooksettkiwanis.org > service projects > community-food-pantry > CashAnd CreditCardDonations.

• The food pantry will maintain its current schedule of hours seeing clients by Appointment Only:  o Monday  9:30a-11:30a o Tuesday  2p-4p o Wednesday  9a-11:30a,  3:30p-5:30p o Thursday  2p-4p o Friday  9:30a-11:30a
 • The food pantry already has a strictly followed cleanliness procedure.  We are adding additional anti-bacterial and anti-viral wipedowns in our operating hours to hard surfaces including our doorknobs, countertops, carts, shelves, and appliances.
 
• Any volunteer directly supporting anyone sick within their home or themselves is feeling sick will not volunteer.
 
• All current clients and any new person/families needing assistance MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.  We will use our normal operations schedule which has 1 family every 15 minutes which complies with CDC recommendations.  This aspect of scheduling keeps our operation running smoothly as we complete our tasks and implement the added sanitary/decontamination steps into our regular operations.   Contact the HCFP at 485-7222 to schedule your appointments.

Thank you for your patience.


Want to know more about how you and your household can respond to COVID-19? Follow this link for information from the Center for Disease Control and this link for the State of New Hampshire's response.

 

 

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