Metro COVID Updates
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.
TEFAP Requirements - COVID Edition
Compiled by Auzeen Rasaie, OFB Compliance
We know that you are working hard and navigating change. It is important to remember that all of our programs are self declaration. We are never going to ask you to require proof of need or eligibility - and it is never the wrong answer to give somebody food.
Summary- key information includes:
- Eligibility requirements are still in place as they were…
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.
Please review this risk mitigation checklist for food facilities created by the ODA.
For additional resources visit: https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/agriculture/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
What are we required to do?
Our responsibilities are outlined in Governor Kate browns “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order No. 20-12.
We are required, under section 10, to designate an officer to develop and enforce social distancing procedures consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. If you…
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We've started consolidating food safety resources related to coronavirus on a new page, which you can access here. Please check back often for updates.
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
Here are the latest updates/requests from OFB:
Monthly reports -Now, more than ever, it's imperative to get your monthly reports into us as soon as possible. Kudos to those of you who have already done so! We've had requests from our leadership team for data that shows the quantifiable increase in service since this all began. This data will help us secure funding, food and other resources to share with you all as the demand continues to increase. Please be sure to get those entered by April 10!…
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.
If you have not developed a system to ensure that people accessing food from your facility remain 6 feet apart at all times, and designated an individual to enforce that system, you are in violation of Order No. 20-12 and could be shut down under section 11 (by OHA). Please ensure the following is include in your plan:
Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from other people at all times.
Wash your hands for at least 20+ seconds and dry with a single-use paper towel.
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.
1. Orders must now be submitted by NOON/12pm the day before you want to pickup/have delivered. (Up from 2pm.) This is to allow our busy warehouse more time to pull orders for the next day. I REPEAT - ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOON, beginning MONDAY.
2. Changes to order pickups:
The order pick-up window will now be from 8am-12pm
The number of pick-up slots will be 3 agencies per 30 minutes to limit the number of people at the warehouse (24 total pickups daily)
If all the slots…
Food assistance providers can continue to serve the community, so long as you are following the social distancing requirements.
By now, you probably know that Governor Kate Brown has issued an executive order, directing everyone in Oregon to Stay Home, Save Lives. As food assistance providers, we want you to know that you can continue to serve your community, so long as you are following the social distancing requirements set by the Oregon Health Authority.
People are allowed to leave their homes to obtain or provide food, shelter, essential consumer needs, education, health care, or emergency services and to care for…
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.
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.
To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus at food assistance sites, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and the USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) have waived the requirement for clients to sign the intake form. Instead, clients may tell an intake volunteer or staff member their name, address, and the number of people in their family, and verbally declare that they meet the eligibility criteria for TEFAP. In lieu of a signature, intake personnel will write “verbal” on the…
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.
- There will be no dock shopping until after 10am (only orders may be picked up before 10am)
- Please expect delays and understand we are all working to keep each other as safe as possible.
- Follow the guidance of keeping 6 feet of space between other people
- Only one shopper per agency may be on the dock at a time – others may be loading vehicles.
- Only 10 people may be shopping the Dock at one time.
- West: Shopping time is limited to 15 minutes
- No lingering – please pick up orders and…