We are simply awed by the compassion and initiative shown by our Volunteer Driver community in response to the crisis at hand. In the current situation, getting food to our neighbors feels more important now than ever, and despite all of the last-minute adjustments and how complicated things have become, you have continued to deliver! Never has our resolve to be that lifeline of food for our most vulnerable neighbors seemed stronger.
We take immense pride in being a volunteer-driven organization and your contributions showcase the collective power of our individual contributions made in concert. Yet, as the public health emergency in our community escalates to challenging the health and safety of many in our volunteer community, we feel we must take steps to safeguard the community and reach for resources beyond those usually available to persevere in our mission.
Therefore, Second Helpings Atlanta’s staff and board of directors have made the very tough decision to temporarily suspend volunteer operations and implement an emergency truck operations plan beginning on Monday, April 13th.
Using a small crew of drivers, we can better protect the folks transporting the food and minimize exposure to risk. This will permit Second Helpings Atlanta to maximize our food rescue impact, deliver food to our Partner Agencies and neighbors in need, and allow all of you to stay at home to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your neighbors.
We hope you understand our decision, and please know that we will relaunch volunteer operations when it is safe to do so. We look eagerly towards that day, and until then, stay tuned for updates from Second Helpings Atlanta about our impact in the community. After all, April marks Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we have 360 reasons to celebrate.
Please stay safe and be well –
Second Helpings Atlanta staff