COVID-19: Operations Update
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 effective March 13 through April 27. Regular volunteer and lobby operations have been suspended. This includes activities related to Seven Loaves, Joseph's Coat, and Project Hope.
Read our March 18 Press Release Here.
Read more about our closure below:
*Last Updated at 11:00AM on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Major Considerations for Closure:
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 April 27.
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.
Seven Loaves Food Pantry Information
Despite these changes in our regular operations, we will continue to serve our neighbors in two ways:
- Modified Distribution Model: Between now and April 27, 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). Our plan is to have pre-packaged food bags that we will give 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 select volunteers 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., Evergreen Assisted Living, E3 Ministries, Nexus Ministries.
We are also actively working on developing new collaborative efforts with other agencies and Plano ISD Schools to combat food insecurity and meet needs.
Easter Weekend: April 11
Originally, we were scheduled to be closed on Easter weekend. However, we recognize the need within our community is great during this time and have made the decision to stay open on Saturday, April 11 of Easter weekend. We will be updating the service calendar on our website as well as posting updates on our social media.
Click here for our latest service calendar.
Please help us spread the word on our food distribution to anyone you know who might be in need during this crisis. Follow us on social media for the latest updates:
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Joseph's Coat & Project Hope
Our clothing closet, Joseph’s Coat, will be closed through April 27. Plans for any specific Project Hope group events between now and April 27 will be communicated separately.
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.
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.