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Beyond Hunger COVID-19 Policy Response August 2021

Beyond Hunger Volunteer carrying a box wearing a max for COVID-19

As an essential organization we have remained open throughout the pandemic to meet the emergency food needs of our community. We have also followed the scientific advice of the CDC and our local health authorities in implementing suggested COVID-19 policy. We will continue to do so. In response to recent updates from the CDC, and as the State of Illinois remains at Phase 5 and in consideration of a recent spike in positive cases regionally, we have made some adjustments to our current COVID-19 mitigation efforts. See Village of Oak Park Health Department August 6, 2021 Indoor Mask Requirement.

Here is what you can expect from Beyond Hunger during this time of transition:         

  • When arriving or engaging with the public our volunteers and staff will continue to wear masks until the Oak Park Health Department and the City of Chicago indicates that masks are no longer necessary for Healthcare Settings
  • We ask that when approaching our donation window, or when arriving for distribution that visitors wear masks in accordance with the Village of Oak Park Health Department Guidelines as of 8/6/2019.
  • We are reminding our volunteers and team to stay home if feeling ill, including minor cold symptoms.
  • We will continue to operate our drive-through food distribution and offer a pedestrian pantry for those who do not choose to drive.
  • We require that all visitors and volunteers wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival.
  • As is our normal protocol, we will sanitize and clean common surfaces throughout the day.
  • In accordance with the Village of Oak Park Health Department's mandate and recommendations as of 8/6/2021 masks are being worn by staff in all internal offices and while working outside if social distance is not able to be maintained. All Beyond Hunger staff is vaccinated. 
  • We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines for room occupancy levels and limit work site attendance. This is currently at 60%.  However, vaccinated employees do not count against this limit.
  • Fully vaccinated team members or volunteers who test positive for COVID and may be asymptomatic will remain at home for 7 days in accordance with CDC recommendations. 
  • We urge all of our volunteers and our community members to get vaccinated, to protect themselves and others from the effects of COVID-19.

Our vigilance in following the scientific advice of medical professionals has kept Beyond Hunger open and kept our team safe. In the past year our staff has remained infection free. We are now 100% vaccinated. Beyond Hunger will continue to advocate strongly for all community members to get vaccinated and follow public health guidelines to mask and social distance while in public as regulations are gradually rolled back.   

 

For CDC public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals click here.