Changes to programs are in effect in response to Covid-19

In response to Covid-19, Upper Valley MEND is making changes to our programs in an effort to protect our clients, shoppers, volunteers, staff, and community. These are difficult decisions in dynamic times and we will continue to update you as things evolve.

The Community Cupboard food bank will be closed today and will reopen tomorrow, March 17, with a curbside delivery model. Shoppers will be asked to wait outside or in their car and a food box will be delivered to them by volunteers. Instructions for receiving food will be posted on a sandwich board outside, or call 548-6727 with questions. We will do our best to accommodate any special dietary restrictions or requests - please give us a call to arrange this. For now, our hours remain unchanged - Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Das Thrift Haus and Jubilee Global Gifts will both be closed starting March 17. We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. During this time, we will not be accepting donations of second-hand goods to prevent the spread of the virus. We apologize for this inconvenience to our shoppers and donors. Shutting down these stores will have an economic impact on Upper Valley MEND and our ability to meet the community’s needs so we appreciate you saving your donations of second-hand goods until we reopen.

While many people are hunkered down at home right now, we expect the impact of this pandemic to be felt heavily by our community. We are preparing for greater numbers of people to be accessing the food bank in coming weeks and months, as well as additional community members needing assistance with rent and utility payments.

Many people have asked us what they can do to help. The best way to help right now is to make a donation at uvmend.org. These donations allow us to purchase needed food and hygiene items at prices discounted for food banks. Donations can also be used to pay rent and utility bills for those who are losing hours at work due to this crisis. We are trying to limit person-to-person contact but, if you would prefer to help by purchasing food or hygiene items and bringing them to the food bank, please see a list of needed items here.

Our little community is a strong, resilient community and we have no doubt we will bounce back from this. Thank you for thinking of your neighbors in need during this time.

Sincerely,

Kaylin Bettinger

Executive Director

 

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