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Metro COVID Updates

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TEFAP Requirements - COVID Edition

By Josh Baruch

OFB Compliance has received many questions about the TEFAP requirements during the COVID pandemic. This document and video are meant to clear up any confusion around those requirements.


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Food pantries and other public service organizations in Oregon are allowed to remain open during the "Stay Home, Save Lives" order, provided they follow the requirements outlined in Governor Brown's order. This is a breakdown of those requirements.


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New Coronavirus Food Safety Page

By Josh Baruch

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Week 3 (I think?) is in the books - virtual high fives all around for the amazing work you all accomplished this week. We're in this together for the long haul, but recent data suggest that current social distancing measures could cut transmission rates between 50%-70% if Oregonians maintain these limitations on virus-spreading interactions into early May. Read more here. Keep it up everyone! - Courtney


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Food assistance sites are considered essential services under Governor Kate Brown's Stay Home Save Lives Executive Order No. 20-12. Please note: under this order, we (businesses and nonprofits) are required, under section 10, to designate an employee or officer to develop and enforce social distancing procedures consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.


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Ordering and Pickup Changes

By Josh Baruch

Orders must now be submitted by NOON the previous day, the order pickup window is now 8am-12pm, and we are limiting the number of pickup slots to 3 agencies per 30 minutes. CLICK TITLE TO SEE ALL UPDATES.


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Food assistance providers can continue to serve the community, so long as you are following the social distancing requirements.


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OFB Suspending Shared Maintenance Fees

By Josh Baruch

Oregon Food Bank is temporarily suspending our shared maintenance fees (the $0.05 per pound that Partner Agencies pay on some food) and our markup on Food to Buy products (the small percentage we charge that is above the purchase price to help defray our costs). This suspension will be effective from 3/23/20 through at least 5/1/20.


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WAIVER OF USDA TEFAP SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT

By Josh Baruch

Effective immediately: USDA/TEFAP food pantries no longer need to have clients sign the intake form. To facilitate social distancing, agency staff/volunteers may write down clients' information on Form 4 and accept a verbal declaration of eligibility.


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TEMPORARY CHANGES TO DOCK PROCEDURES

By Josh Baruch

In response to the Governor's mandate that gatherings be no more than 25 people, Oregon Food Bank will be implementing the following temporary changes to the Metro and West docks, effective immediately. Additional staff will be on hand to answer questions.


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