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.)
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.
Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB)'s Response to Governor Abbott's Executive Order (GA-34)
Since the COVID pandemic began, BVFB has followed the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), requiring all employees, interns, temporary employees, donors, vendors, volunteers and other visitors to BVFB locations and work sites to adhere to daily COVID screening questions, temperatire monitoring, mask wearing, social distancing and handwashing.
These practices have resulted in 0% known COVID virus transmissions at BVFB's facility.
The health and safety of Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB)'s program participants, other visitors, staff and volunteers remains a top priority. Therefore, BVFB will continue all of these practices until further notice. While you may not agree with this decision, we ask that you respect it when interacting with BVFB.
BVFB plans to reopen its Lobby to the public beginning March 10th, since these protective measures will remain in place. Hours will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Food donations should be dropped off at The Edge Dock (covered ramp a the back of the Volunteer Parking lot, until further notice). Monetary donations, meetings with staff, etc. should still be scheduled in advance.
As frontline employees serving the critical needs of our community, we need our health in order to fulfill our mission. But, as a community-based organization, we also need you and your support. It is our hope that we will still have it.
The health and safety of the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB)'s program participants, other visitors, staff and volunteers remains a top priority.
Since the COVID pandemic began, BVFB has followed the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As frontline employees serving the critical needs of our community, employees, interns, temporary employees, donors, vendors, volunteers and other visitors to BVFB locations and sites are still required to adhere to our COVID protocol - screening questions, temperature monitoring, wearing masks, social distancing and handwashing.
BVFB management and Board of Directors are reviewing this matter carefully, from all angles.
The current rules and protocols are BVFB, including a closed front Lobby, will remain in place until at least March 10, before which BVFB will issue further guidence.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Changes
Beginning March 24, 2020, BVFB will close its Lobby until further notice.
BVFB is still providing services, but the facility is operating with reduced staff & volunteers.
Emailing and calling (979-779-3663) are your best bet to get a hold of us.