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Food Bank Taking Extra Precautions to Stay Clean

Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 19:18:25-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is taking added steps to make sure their entire facility is clean during the spread of coronavirus. Temporary staff have been brought in to sanitize every surface, even the forklifts, and the food bank has ordered extra gloves and masks for both staff and volunteers.

The volunteer station, where the food is weighed and packaged, will be sanitized up to nine times every day, according to Volunteer Operations Manager Kane Powell. Powell says whenever volunteers switch the food they're packaging they will change their gloves.

"We wash down before every shift, and then when our volunteers are cleaning up they will help us sanitize any tables, scales, any implements we're using so sealers, scoops, things like that, those all get sanitized as well," Powell said.

The food bank sends out 464 thousand meals every week. Staff are cleaning everything that's touched throughout the day, including doorknobs, tops of trashcans, and brooms.

The food is sent out to 350 partner programs across eastern Oklahoma, which are checked up on regularly for safe food handling practices.

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