Food shortages at food pantries and food banks have been reported at the State Operations Center. As a result, AgriLife Extension has been asked to consider sponsoring and organizing food drives at the county level to benefit local food pantries or the food bank serving that county when no local food pantry is available or currently open. Guidelines and recommendations for conducting an Extension Food Drive are available below.
Food Drive Guidelines
This resource document outlines the guidelines and suggestions in helping facilitate the planning of a food drive.
Food Safety Tips for Donated Foods
This resource document outlines the guidelines that should be followed when donating canned and packaged foods and fresh produce.
Safety Practices at Food Pantries
This resource document is directed at food pantry staff and volunteers, as well as those visiting food pantries, in order to provide a basic understanding of COVID-19, safety concerns, common misperceptions and barriers to encourage food pantries to stay open while helping ensure safety of all involved.