As our country and community continue to contend with COVID-19, the staff at Urban Recipe is working in partnership with our co-op members, partners, volunteers, and supporters to address the needs of our community. We welcome the opportunity to share a few updates on our work.
On August 3, 2020, we acquired a permanent location at 970 Jefferson Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. The former site of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the space is outfitted with all we need to expand operations including a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, storage racks and a pull-in truck bay. We are blessed to have the additional space required to increase our impact.
As a result of our additional space and rigorous safety protocols, we’ve begun to re-engage our co-op members. On September 1, 2020, we welcomed our first group of co-op members to join us at our new location to assemble perishable and non-perishable food boxes for all the households in their respective co-ops. With staff support, co-op leaders organized distribution dates and helped deliver food packages to those without access to reliable transportation. Co-op members and staff have been in contact via video conference calls and phone-trees.
COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES
We continue to implement a touch-free model and follow safety procedures to help keep co-op members, volunteers, and our staff safe:
- Anyone who works or volunteers at Urban Recipe must wear a mask.
- We work to maintain 10 ft of distance between people.
- Small groups of co-op members, volunteers and staff help implement a logistics operation and build food packages to meet the needs of our co-op members and partner organizations.
- For a limited number of families that don’t have access to reliable transportation, we have a committed group of volunteer drivers who continue to deliver boxes all over the city.
- For our co-ops outside Atlanta city limits we have begun operating place-based distributions.
Since March 2020, we’ve grown our distribution, increased the number of co-ops we operate, and expanded our partnerships. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, these efforts were made possible through the commitment of our co-op members, volunteers, partners, and supporters.
We are grateful for your generosity and care during these challenging times and are thankful to be able to respond and serve more of our community in partnership with you.