In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, The Storehouse of Collin County has modified our Seven Loaves Food Pantry Service to an outside, walk up distribution model through June 30. We will continue serving our neighbors with staff and volunteer team leaders only through the month of June.
Read more about our updated operations and volunteer processes below:
*Last Updated at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 5, 2020.
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Local Profile Article About Our COVID-19 Response
North Texas Giving Tuesday Now: Thank You
The Storehouse participated in #NorthTexasGivingTuesdayNow 2020 on May 5 to raise funds for our response to COVID-19 and beyond. Thanks to all the generous donors in North Texas, we raised $146,920 towards our mission to "feed, clothe, and care!"
Read our North Texas Giving Tuesday Now Press Release Here
Major Considerations for Modified Operations
CDC Recommendation: The Storehouse is following the CDC's counsel to slow the transmission of coronavirus. This decision is based on the CDC's Guide for "Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission." You can find the CDC's Migration Strategy for Community and Faith-Based Organizations on page 7 of the document.
Building Closure: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, which houses The Storehouse operations, has closed the church building through June 21.
Volunteer Safety: The safety of our dedicated volunteer base is of utmost importance and considering the evolving information during this period, we are intentionally choosing to take the safest, most prudent approach to protect our volunteers.
Student Volunteers: We have heard from numerous of our youth volunteer groups – e.g., National Charity League (NCL), Young Men Service League (YMSL), National Honor Society chapters – that they are suspending their volunteer hours for at least the next two weeks. Youth represent approximately 35% of our volunteer base on our distribution days.
Food Supply: As approximately 30% of our food is received from grocery retailers, we have already seen a slight decrease in our food supply. Nevertheless, in the last week of service, we were still able to provide our neighbors a great variety of food including meat, rice, beans, eggs, cheese, canned goods, and peanut butter. Our plan is to continue to serve the same quality and quantity of food.
Questions About COVID-19?
If you have any questions about COVID-19, visit the CDC website for more information and frequently asked questions. For more information about developments locally and within the state of Texas, check out the COVID-19 Page on the Texas Department of State Health Services' website.
Do You Need Food? Food Pantry Information
Despite these changes in our regular operations, we will continue to serve our neighbors through our Seven Loaves Food Pantry in two ways:
- Modified Distribution Model: Between now and June 30, we will continue our modified distribution of food to our neighbors during our regular service times on Thursdays (4:00 - 6:00 PM) and Saturdays (9:00 - 11:00 AM). Pre-packaged food bags will be distributed to our neighbors in an outside, walkup model to limit person-to-person contact. Neighbors will not enter the building, nor will they congregate together. Storehouse staff and volunteer team leaders will serve on our distribution and preparation days.
- Continuing Collaborations with Partners: We will continue delivery to the offsite organizations we collaborate with to serve those in need - e.g., E3 Ministries, Nexus Ministries.
Our Service Calendar
Although our clothes closet, Joseph’s Coat, will remain closed in June, we will begin to accept donations via drop off at the outdoor clothing bin in the St. Andrew United Methodist north parking lot. At this time, we are asking for children’s clothing donations only. Children’s clothing – of all types and sizes – is our greatest need, and it would help us tremendously if donations were sorted into separate bags and labeled by size.
Again, Joseph’s Coat donations will only be accepted via the outdoor bin, as the St. Andrew building remains closed through June 21. At this time, volunteer opportunities for Joseph’s Coat remain closed for the month of June and we will have further information about the opening of Joseph’s Coat in our June 26th email.
As we have been doing since the COVID-19 crisis began, all of our Project Hope activities are being handled under the leadership of Director Jackie Welchman. Through Jackie’s efforts, we continue to be in relationship with over 36 women directly and individually during this time, offering support in a variety of ways.
In Kind Donations: Food & Children's Clothing
We are currently only accepting food & children's clothing donations only. Our building is still closed to the general public through June 21.
Food Donations: If you have food items that you wish to donate, please send us an email to schedule a drop off when our staff is on site.
Clothing Donations: You are welcome to drop off the children's clothing items in our outside bin. We ask that you help us by sorting the clothing items by age and size.
Volunteer Information: Phase I Update
As Texas begins to open slowly and carefully as a state in light of Covid-19, The Storehouse will follow the same model to ensure that our neighbors are fed, while keeping everyone safe.
We look forward to welcoming our volunteers back in a safe, methodical and intentional manner. Here are our next steps between now and June 30:
Food Pantry: Our Seven Loaves food pantry will remain in an outside, walkup distribution model managed by Storehouse staff through Saturday, June 27.
Team Leader Shifts: Between now and June 30, we will operate our Seven Loaves Food Pantry utilizing staff members and Team Leader volunteers only.
Email Invitations: At this time, the number of volunteer opportunities will be limited in number, volunteer shift opportunities will be extended by email invitation only to our volunteer Team Leaders.
Returning Volunteers: Our current goal is to open volunteer opportunities to all returning volunteers beginning July 1. As with all aspects, this plan is subject to change based on COVID-19.
New Volunteers: We are currently unable to accept new volunteer sign ups. We apologize for the inconvenience and we look to update you further on new volunteer signups in our June 26th email.
Joseph's Coat: Volunteer opportunities for Joseph's Coat will remained closed for the monht of June. We will have further information about the opening of Joseph's Coat in our June 26th email.
Mandatory Waiver: As we move forward, all volunteers will be asked to sign a new volunteer waiver when they return to volunteer at The Storehouse. This waiver is a requirement to volunteer. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need a parent to sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.
Health & Safety: We ask all volunteers to assess their health risk and make their decision to volunteer based on their personal circumstances. All volunteers will be asked to follow new safety protocols which include washing hands before entering the pantry space, wearing masks and wearing gloves. Sanitization will continue to be of paramount focus. We ask that if you feel ill in any way or have had a temperature within 72 hours of your volunteer shift, you stay at home.
All our latest updates as we continue to move forward will be posted to this page so check back often. We hope to send the next formal update to you on Friday, June 26.
Behind-The-Scenes with Jeff Morton, Director of Operations
Broadcasted LIVE on Facebook, April 2, 2020, at 1:30 P.M.
Ben and Jeff discuss the changes to our food pantry distribution as a result of COVID-19 and answers questions from our viewers.
Behind-The-Scenes with Jeff Morton, Episode 2: Our Continued Response
Broadcasted LIVE on Facebook, April 16, 2020, at 1:30 P.M.
Ben and Jeff discuss The Storehouse's continued response to the COVID-19 and how you can help by supporting us on North Texas Giving Tuesday Now.
Beyond COVID: The Echo Crisis Ahead
Broadcasted LIVE on Facebook, April 30, at 12:00 P.M.
Join Candace & Ben as we discuss the emerging echo crisis that will impact our neighbors and how The Storehouse intends to care for our community beyond COVID-19.