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COVID-19 strikes RGV Food Bank

When food is in short supply for those in need, it can’t be good news that one of Hidalgo County’s largest food-distribution centers is now reporting that three of its employees have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Not with approximately 95,000 meals being distributed per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) across all of its networks. However, Food Bank RGV sent out a press release Tuesday, working to ensure the public that it has done what it can to implement strict safety precautions, and in an ironic sense, has been practicing safety protocols all along. No word yet, nor is any really expected, on how the three employees may have contracted the virus because Food Bank employees, especially those distributing and preparing the give-away meals, have been wearing face masks for a while now simply as a matter of proper precaution. From the Press Release Three Food Bank RGV employees have tested positive for Covid-19. These employees were last at the Food Bank RGV during the weeks of June 8, 2020 and June 15, 2020 respectively. Each employee began to show symptoms after being away from the food bank for at least three days. The Food Bank RGV already has in place strict safety precautions against Covid-19 including temperature checks, frequent sanitization of common areas, a continuous requirement of face coverings and glove use, and most importantly, regular deep cleaning of the entire facility. Co-workers from the same departments as the infected employees have not shown any signs or symptoms related to Covid-19. Although these employees have not been on-site for over a week to two weeks, their work spaces have been deep cleaned and thoroughly disinfected. The Food Bank RGV will continue to take all necessary precautions against Covid-19 and puts safety at the forefront of everything done on behalf of staff, clients, the community, and food supply. We are following CDC Guidelines and public health protocols at all times to proceed in the safest way possible. About the Food Bank RGV: The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was incorporated in 1986 and has grown to be the largest charity in south Texas based on clients served. In fiscal year 2019, more than 40 million pounds of food and fresh produce were distributed to Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties and throughout the Feeding America network of food banks. Up to 146,000 people in the Valley are food insecure during normal, non-pandemic times. In these times, the food supply ...

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