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COVID-19

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Bus Stop Cafe

RIFA will continue to run the Bus Stop Cafe while school is out. We have partnered with Southwest Human Resources to provide grab-and-go lunches from the Summer Feeding Program. The locations include Lincoln Courts, Royal Arms Apartments, Rolling Acres, Hartland Place Apartments, Allenton Heights, Park Ridge Apartment,  and Villages of Old Hickory. 


Food Pickups 

Food is an essential resource, so we will continue to do food pickups from our partner grocery stores and restaurants.


Furniture Pickups 

During this time, we are suspending furniture pickups in a recommendation by the CDC. We will send out information when we will schedule pickups again.


Warehouse Sale 

The RIFA Thrift Store Warehouse Sale scheduled for Saturday, April 4th is canceled. The next Warehouse Sale is scheduled for June 6th.


Hours of Operation

As of now, our Administrative Office, Thrift Store and Donation Drop-off will be operating on a normal schedule. We will monitor the situation and update hours if needed.

• Administrative Office is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm

• Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm.

• Donation Drop-Off is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm.


Volunteers

Volunteer group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 8 people.

• Starting on  Saturday, March 21st, we will not be using volunteers in the Soup Kitchen.

• We will have additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our building for volunteers to use.

• We are diligent in ensuring continued food safety practices are followed.

• We recommend taking the same precautions as you would during the flu season.

• Follow CDC recommendations

• We ask any volunteer that has been outside the country, on a cruise or interacted with anyone exposed to COVID-19 to not volunteer for at least 14 days.

• We will regularly re-evaluate our new protocols as the local situation evolves.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of RIFA. Each and every day, volunteers make a significant impact on our community through their work at RIFA. In the coming days, weeks and months, we might need more volunteers than we usually do, but we want to take proactive steps.


Soup Kitchen

• Starting Wednesday, March 18, RIFA will transition to serving food boxes instead of the daily breakfast and lunch and dinner twice a week served in the Soup Kitchen.

• Lunch will be served in to-go containers Wednesday – Friday (March 18 – 20).

• Beginning Tuesday, March 17, patrons can sign up for a food box. See Jeri or Marie for more details.

• Food boxes will be distributed Thursday, March 19 – Friday, March 20.

• The Soup Kitchen will be closed starting Saturday, March 21 until further notice to avoid large numbers of people eating in close proximity in guidance with the CDC. 

• If a food box is needed after Friday, please go to the Administrative Office or call 731.427.7963.

The CDC states that older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease, are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The age and underlying health conditions that are considered a vulnerable population make up a large portion of our patrons in the Soup Kitchen. We are taking proactive measures to protect our patrons as we continue to serve them. 

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