PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – During these historic days of COVID-19, preventative measures to safeguard against exposure to the global pandemic are an essential directive for many leading organizations. With the health, safety and wellness of its staff, volunteers, visitors and all who rely upon its services for food, nutrition and hope, the Food Bank of South Jersey is setting a new standard in its preventative cleaning processes – instituting extensive disinfectant protocols in an extreme precautionary measure to protect all stakeholders from the threat of COVID-19.
“The health and safety of our team, our volunteers and the tens of thousands of people we proudly serve means the world to us,” reports Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred C. Wasiak. “Early in March, we began doubling our in-house cleaning, including extensive sanitizing of all commonly touched areas and surfaces, including our entrance doors, breakrooms, volunteer areas and key common spaces – our sanitizing processes are accelerated to new heights at this time of extreme caution and care.”
Food Bank of South Jersey Chief Operating Officer Charles Hosier is leading the Food Bank’s accelerated disinfectant cleaning procedures, including regular disinfectant cleaning of carpets and tiles throughout the Pennsauken facility. Overseeing the provision of masks, hand sanitizer solution and sanitizing wipes for all who enter the facility, as well as all in-house cleaning protocols, Hosier reports everything from door handles to desks, phones, computers and common surfaces are treated throughout the day to kill germs and bacteria.
Additionally, Hosier reports, cleaning processes also include leveraging surface disinfectant spray from Cintas. This on-site service consists of the application of a disinfectant that kills germs, bacteria and viruses, on identified common surfaces and touchpoints. A one-step, quaternary-based disinfectant cleaner providing broad spectrum disinfection, including healthcare micro-organisms and Canine Parvovirus. “Our key directive is to keep everyone safe,” Hosier shares. “We take this directive very seriously.”
Marking its 35th year in 2020, the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. Throughout 2019, FBSJ distributed over 15 million pounds of food, more than 230,000 summer meals and over 17,500 senior food boxes, as well as serving 95 health and wellness programs to more than 11,700 residents.
Providing community impact through local support, FBSJ ensures that local donations stay local. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. With COVID-19 greatly impacting South Jersey starting in early 2020, bringing school closures, stay-at-home orders, record-breaking unemployment and rising poverty, FBSJ within the first 90 days of response to the COVId-19 crisis distributed more than five million pounds of food throughout 58 dedicated locations within its four-county region of impact, including the distribution of more than 20,000 emergency food boxes to food-insecure populations. To learn more, visit www.foodbanksj.org.