Chosen 300 Meal Procedures beginning March 20, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Effective March 20, 2020, Chosen 300 will be transitioning to at CARRY-OUT MEAL SERVICE until April 30, 2020 at which we will review conditions.
Churches / Organizations in the network should make the following adjustments.
Pottstown & West Philadelphia We will continue to make full course meals, however each meal should be packaged in a takeout Styrofoam container. Volunteers should arrive at their normal time. Volunteers will prep food in containers at the center and food will be distributed outside of the door. To prevent exceeding the 10 person recommendation from the CDC, guest will not be allowed to enter the building.
Meal Structure will continue as normal Meat, 2 starches, vegetable, bread, dessert, drink Replace salad with pre-packaged fruit cup for easy carrying Please also bring t-shirt bags for easy carrying
Center City (Spring Garden Location) With the majority of persons that attend meals at Spring Garden being primarily homeless, they do not have the ability to heat up items. We are asking churches to prepare a pre-package cold meal.
Suggested Menu for Center City Fried Chicken, Cooled to 40 degrees or Cold Sandwich with meat cheese lettuce and tomato Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, or Cole Slaw kept cooled at 40 degrees or below Potato Chips or French Fries Fruit or Pre-packaged fruit Cup Pre-packaged dessert (ie cup cakes, cookie packs, ….ect.)
Sunday Service 10:00 AM – 16th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway Starting March 21, 2020 Combined Service outdoors at 16th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Since we can’t worship inside we are going to take it to the streets. A carry-away meal will be provided to our less fortunate guest that attend.
Chosen 300 Ministries, Inc response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
We are taking action to keep our guests, volunteers and team safe and healthy!
The safety of our guests, volunteers and team remains our highest priority. We are in the business of serving people from all walks of life. That is why it’s important that in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak, we give you as much information as possible about the procedures we are following to clean our outreach centers and maintain a sanitary environment while we serve.
Misconception. It's a common misconception that people experiencing homelessness are at greater risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or spreading it. This is not true. People experiencing homelessness are not at greater risk than the general population. This is not like Hepatitis-A or other diseases that spread due to lack of facilities or hygiene access. (Liz Hertz Office Of Homeless Services City Of Philadelphia). In addition homeless people are less likely to travel outside of the country or be in contact with those who have.
Steps we are taking
Our team has been reviewing all of the latest reports from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) and other reputable organizations to keep up with any changes about the virus to ensure that the actions we are taking are appropriate. We have reviewed the list of EPA approved disinfectants for fighting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are using disinfectants that are on the list to clean and disinfect our outreach centers. To give our guests and volunteers more peace of mind, we’ve expanded the cleaning protocols, stocked up on approved cleaning supplies and communicated with our team precautionary steps to take to prevent potential infection.
Before you enter
Our tables, chairs, doors, kitchen, bathrooms, guest storage areas and all other high touch points will be thoroughly disinfected daily.
Volunteers will be given an area to store their personal belongings, asked to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer prior to wearing gloves. All volunteers will be asked to wear gloves the entire time they are serving our guests. Volunteers will be briefed by the Site Managers on safety precautions prior to the guests entering the building. Guests will be provided with hand sanitizers prior to collecting thier take away meal.