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Kelly Center for Hunger Relief , via their Fresh Start program, will again be hosting Drive-Thru Health Fair and Drive-Thru Resource Fair with social distancing guidelines in place later this month.
“Our drive-thru food distribution practice has worked well to transition our pantry distribution model to one that keeps everyone safe during the pandemic. We were able to use the same set-up in our parking lot to host a Drive-Thru Job Fair on September 21st in which we hosted 60 participants and 8 vendors,” says Loretto Volunteer Annie Bryan
“Over four participants were matched with long-term employment from this event, it was a major victory for our team here in the FreshStart program. We are thrilled to host our upcoming Drive-Thru Health Fair on October 31st and Drive-Thru Community Resource Fair on November 14th.”
The Pantry will feature two community events, the first set for October 31st from 1 PM to 4 PM, vendors will social distance in their tents in the parking lot at Kelly and distribute vouchers for health care and health goods, health information, and potentially flu shots for free to families in their cars in a Drive-Thru Health Fair.
For this event, officials from Kelly encourage guests and vendors to dress up for Halloween.
On November 14th, from 1 PM to 4 PM, vendors will distribute vouchers and information about community businesses, resources, and nonprofits to guests in an identical drive-thru style during a Drive-Thru Community Resource Fair.
The events will take place in the parking lot at Kelly Center for Hunger Relief at 915 North Florence Street. Masks and social distancing are required for all guests and vendors.
Since COVID, drive-thru designs for distribution have been used at the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief food pantry. From client-selected goods in a store setup, Kelly’s pantry Manager Sara Molina transitioned this client-centered method of distribution to a safer, less-contact drive-thru method in which volunteers place goods and groceries into client’s cars.
Kelly Center for Hunger Relief will ensure the safety and well-being of guests and volunteers during both drive-thru events this fall with a number of safety precautions in practice.
Beyond shifting to drive-thru models of distribution, social distancing, mask usage, and consistent access to hand sanitizer will be implemented to keep vendors and guests safe.
All Kelly Center for Hunger Relief staff and volunteers will be wearing masks as well as following CDC recommendations.