Montgomery County Food Bank Response to
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) continues to serve our clients via our 70+ partner agencies, independent school districts, and mobile market distributions. We are supporting our partners with changes in distribution models that carry safety protocols to mitigate the risk of the spread of illness. The MCFB is monitoring the situation closely and taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remains safe and that our distributions and volunteer activities can continue.

The Montgomery County Food Bank is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We are closely monitoring announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that we are following their recommended guidelines. In addition, MCFB is taking the following proactive and voluntary steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of COVID-19:

  • We are following CDC recommended sterilization procedures and have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, especially around high-traffic areas (volunteer areas, elevators, meeting rooms, bathrooms).
  • Volunteers working inside the facility are required to wash hands before their shift starts, during breaks, when they switch projects, and after their shift. Gloves and face masks are required for wear. We are also taking temperatures upon arrival.
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of social distancing throughout the facility
  • Requiring anyone that enters the facility to wash their hands at the provided handwashing stations outside the facility
  • Providing masks to all staff and volunteers who enter our facility
  • Providing gloves to all volunteers and staff who enter our facility
  • Making hand sanitizers available throughout our facility
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of hand washing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
  • Advising people to avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Requiring people answer a series of  COVID related questions before entering the facility to ensure they have not come in contact with anyone who has been exposed to illness
  • Advising staff and volunteers to stay home if they display signs of illness or come into contact with affected individuals
  • Requiring anyone that enters the facility must have their temperature taken to ensure no fever is present.

Below, we have provided answers to questions regarding COVID-19 (the Coronavirus).

  1. Is MCFB still open and continuing its daily operations?

Yes, MCFB is still open and continuing our operations as normal.

  1. Cleaning and disinfecting:

When a confirmed case occurs, the space where the person was will be thoroughly sanitized and we are following CDC recommended standards for cleaning and disinfecting. People who closely encountered the individual will be notified.

  1. Is MCFB closing any food distributions due to COVID-19?

No, MCFB does not anticipate closing any of our food distribution sites due to COVID-19 at this time. For a full list of our regular food distribution partners throughout Montgomery County, please visit  HERE

  1. Is MCFB hosting special COVID-19 food distributions for people in need?

MCFB distributes food to more than 30,000 individuals a month in Montgomery County. We do this in partnership with more than 60 partner agencies.  At this time, MCFB does not anticipate adding special distributions due to COVID-19. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please visit HERE for a list of available distributions throughout Montgomery County.

  1. Safety measures for volunteers, visitors and staff:

MCFB is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We are closely monitoring announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that we are following their recommended guidelines. MCFB is taking the following proactive and voluntary steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of COVID-19 while visiting.

  • We are following CDC recommended sterilization procedures and have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, especially around high-traffic areas (volunteer areas, elevators, meeting rooms, bathrooms).
  • Volunteers working inside the facility are required to wash hands before their shift starts, during breaks, when they switch projects, and after their shift. Gloves and face masks are required for wear. We are also taking temperatures upon arrival.
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of social distancing throughout the facility
  • Requiring anyone that enters the facility to wash their hands at the provided handwashing stations outside the facility
  • Providing masks to all staff and volunteers who enter our facility
  • Providing gloves to all volunteers and staff who enter our facility
  • Making hand sanitizers available throughout our facility
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of hand washing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
  • Advising people to avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Requiring people answer a series of  COVID related questions before entering the facility to ensure they have not come in contact with anyone who has been exposed to illness
  • Advising staff and volunteers to stay home if they display signs of illness or come into contact with affected individuals
  • Requiring anyone that enters the facility must have their temperature taken to ensure no fever is present.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. This page will be updated as new information is received and we will adjust towards the best interest of all we serve, and those that serve with us.

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COVID-19 Mobile Markets

Additional Pantry info can be found HERE

Montgomery County Food Bank serves an average of 35,000+ individuals each month.