Despite COVID-19, the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) plans to remain open, as do the majority of our food distribution partners (at this time). You matter!
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The COVID 19 pandemic has had a negative impact on all of our lives. Illness and death have been very real for some. The entire situation has been fluid and evolving from the beginning. The Brazos Valley Food Bank’s (BVFB) continued response and safety measures related to COVID-19 are a priority, always based upon the best information available at the time.
Following the current CDC guidelines, BVFB will implement the standards below for COVID-19, effective June 7, 2021.
- BVFB strongly encourages individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Be mindful that vaccinations are a personal decision. No one should pry or question others’ choices.
- For those who are fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required by BVFB.
- When visiting BVFB or seeking BVFB services, know that the BVFB staff person interacting with you will gladly join you in wearing a mask if you ask us to.
- For those who are not fully vaccinated, BVFB still highly recommends face coverings in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Aside from face coverings, BVFB encourages everyone to follow other COVID-19 protocols consistent with public health guidance:
- Utilize good personal hygiene practices (e.g., washing your hands, covering your sneeze/cough, etc.)
- Social distancing
- Use of hand sanitizers
If you are experiencing illness (i.e., fever, chills, coughing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, runny nose or congestion), please do not visit the food bank until you are feeling well.
BVFB’s top priority is the safety and health of everyone. If conditions change, these policies can and will be updated to meet emerging best practices.
SNAP benefits help people buy the food they need for good health
You can contact the Brazos Valley Food Bank for help applying for:
- SNAP (Food Stamps)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
For free, no cost help in applying for SNAP call 979-779-3663 ext. 105 and ask for Cheryl Butler.
*Because we value your safety, applications will be done via telephone.*
To request home delivered food for elderly and other high risk individuals:
Madison County: Call Sonshine Outreach Center at (936) 348-5282
Washington County: Call Bread Partners at (979) 836-1553
Faith Mission Call Center 1-800-845-8035
Call Center provides resources and assistance for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:
• information regarding the virus, medical services, current declarations and executive orders
• volunteer opportunities
• other community services
• home delivered groceries for seniors over 60 who are sick or shut-in
Franklin ISD: Call Ferman Richards (Franklin Food Pantry) at (979) 676-0416
Distribution Partner Changes:
Brazos Church Pantry will temporarily serve Grimes and Burleson County residents, as well as Brazos County residents.
Salvation Army will be open to serve those affected by COVID Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 9a-4p; Friday 9a-2p; Regular food pantry (non-COVID) Wed. 9-3:30p or until they run out
Prairie Hill - during COVID, hours will be from 6:00 am - 8:00 am, the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month (days have not changed, just extended hours)
The following pantries are closed:
No closures at this time
Is there anything new that I need to know about getting food assistance?
- Mobile Food Pantries are drive through only.
- Food Pantries in buildings will distribute differently – they may only allow one household inside at a time; they may bring your food out to your car and do paperwork through the car window. Other differences like this may happen – for your safety. Please be flexible.
- Volunteers should be wearing masks and gloves
PANDEMIC-EBT ONE-TIME FOOD ASSISTANCE
INFORMATION FROM 2-1-1
Helpful COVID-19 Virus Links