At Project Angel Heart, our mission is to improve health and well-being for the people who receive our meals. And because our focus is on health, we’re closely monitoring developments related to coronavirus in Colorado.
Our clients, all of whom are already facing life-threatening health conditions, are among the most vulnerable people in our state, so we are taking extra precautions to keep them, our volunteers, and our staff safe and healthy. We are closely monitoring guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and we are taking actions to limit the risk of the virus affecting anyone associated with our program.
Emergency meals – Our kitchen will be preparing and freezing extra meals in case a shortage of volunteers or staff limits our capacity. We’ll also be delivering a small supply of shelf-stable meals to clients in case we face a situation where our meal distribution process must be delayed or canceled. Want to help? We could really use your help in covering the unexpected costs associated with providing shelf-stable, emergency meals.
Strict health and safety measure in place – We are diligent about following strict health and safety measures in our kitchen as part of our normal practices. These include frequent handwashing, food prep safety protocol, and requiring anyone who is sick to avoid working in our kitchen. We’ll continue to adhere to these practices, while increasing the frequency with which we wipe down surfaces and requiring additional handwashing and sanitizing.
Screening staff, volunteers, and vendors – We are asking staff, volunteers, and vendors to avoid entering our offices if they’ve traveled outside of the US in the last 14 days; have visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week; have had close contact with someone who has or may have contracted COVID-19; or don’t feel 100 percent healthy.
Meal deliveries to clients’ homes – We are implementing new protocols for delivering meals to clients that limit person-to-person contact while ensuring our clients get the meals they need.
Status on volunteer needs – While many volunteers have needed to cancel their shifts, many others have stepped up with offers to help. We are currently working on getting through that list and getting our new volunteers trained and assigned. Thank you, community! We will let you know when additional volunteers are needed.
Recommit to everyday preventive actions – We ask everyone involved with our program to recommit to the following precautions, which are already an important element of health and safety in our program. These are the same precautions we all should take to avoid catching the flu or the common cold, and now is a good time to be extra vigilant.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about the amount of time it takes to hum the happy birthday song from beginning to end, TWICE), especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (Please note that hand washing is still more effective than hand sanitizer!)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home and work using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. And thanks again for your continued support and for doing your part to ensure that we can continue getting meals out safely to the people who depend on them.