COVID-19 Risk Prevention

The Food Depot has many risk management measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, being around others (such as while volunteering) carries inherent risk in terms of contracting COVID-19. Please prioritize your and your family’s health and make the right decision for you. If that means waiting to volunteer, we look forward to working with you when the time is right!

Measures The Food Depot is taking to protect staff, volunteers, and this hunger relief work include (and are not limited to):

  • Volunteer communications facilitate informed consent (based on the CDC’s and NM DOH’s recommendations), and encourage volunteers to stop volunteering at any time, for any reason.
  • All volunteers, community service workers and visitors are screened using an adapted NM DOH’s Facility Screening Questionnaire before each shift.
  • Staff cleans and sanitizes volunteer spaces before and after each volunteer shift, and sanitizes high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
  • New volunteers are provided a safety training before their first shift, including:
    • Hygiene and safety practices
    • How to properly use personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Social distancing instructions
  • To facilitate social distancing, a maximum occupancy has been established for each volunteer space and the volunteer equipment has been rearranged accordingly.
  • Volunteers are required to wash hands regularly (or use hand sanitizer if sinks are not available) and wear face masks. Gloves are provided and required for most volunteer activities.
  • Staff may make the decision to ask volunteers to opt-out from their shift for any safety concern that may arise (too little space, excessive coughing, etc.)
  • The HVAC air filters in all zones of The Food Depot’s warehouse (1222 A Siler Rd.) have been upgraded to a 0.03-micron rating.
  • The Food Depot is NM Safe Certified; all members of the Leadership Team have completed the NM COVID Safe Training Program (https://nmsafecertified.org/).
  • Staff are screened daily, are routinely trained in COVID safe practices, and have committed to comply with current Public Health Orders and the Santa Fe Promise (https://www.santafenm.gov/promise).