Volunteering

 

COVID-19 Information:

Since the COVID pandemic began, the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) has followed the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  These practices have resulted in 0% known COVID virus transmissions at BVFB’s facility.   

Unfortunately, COVID19 cases, specifically from the Delta variant strain, are on the rise locally.  The Brazos Valley is currently an area of high transmission. 

Following the newest, current CDC guidelines, BVFB will implement the standards below for COVID-19, effective August 9, 2021

  • All employees and visitors regardless of vaccine status must wear a CDC approved mask that covers the nose and mouth when performing BVFB responsibilities, either at BVFB facilities or off-site.  Masks work to help prevent your respiratory droplets or large particles from reaching others. If they are of high enough quality, masks also provide a measure of protection to the people wearing them.
    • Masks are NOT required when working outdoors (for instance loading, unloading a truck outside, working a mobile food pantry distribution, etc.) IF social distancing (6 ft distance) is maintained.  If there will be sustained close contact with others, then a mask should be worn, even outdoors.
       
  • All employees and visitors (including those in the warehouse and Volunteer Center) must continue to practice Social Distancing.  Social distancing means sitting, walking along or with, standing at least 6 feet apart of others.  Stay far enough away from other people so that you are not breathing in particles produced by them, although this approach by itself is not a guarantee that you will avoid infection, especially in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces.
     
  • All employees and visitors should continue to utilize good personal hygiene practices (e.g., washing your hands, covering your sneeze/cough, using hand sanitizer after each handshake, etc.)

If you have had known exposure to someone with COVID19, whether you are vaccinated or not, please do not visit the food bank and follow CDC guidelines around exposure.  If you are experiencing illness, (i.e., fever, chills, coughing, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea, 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.



In the Brazos Valley Food Banks last fiscal year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), many dedicated individuals and organizations, such as Texas A&M University student groups, the Junior League of Bryan-College Station, and local businesses volunteered a total of 14,301 hours with the Brazos Valley Food Bank.  To provide vital programs for those who face hunger in the Brazos Valley, the Brazos Valley Food bank relies heavily the time and talents of volunteers.  Volunteer activities range from assembling food-filled BackPacks for children, passing out food to individuals at a Mobile Food Pantry to participating in Nutrition Education programs with Brazos Valley Food Bank staff. 

Your service is vital in uniting our community to nourish our neighbors in need.

“I, and my group, had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the Food Bank!”    

“It's a great experience. It's a rewarding experience. You can come as you like!”

“You meet great people!”

Come out and be a part of making the Brazos Valley hunger free!