(Posted Oct. 9, 2020)
HELP House has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic but changed to a drive-up/drive-through operation for the safety of customers and volunteers. On Oct. 26, the organization will reopen for customer shopping.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, pantry size, and social distancing requirements, the facility can only allow five shoppers into the pantry every half-hour. Customers must schedule appointments for shopping, wear masks, and sanitize their hands upon arrival. Only one shopper per family is allowed in.
Customers that require assistance must inform HELP House of that need when making an appointment so that organizers can be sure they can follow social distancing requirements.
Customers can register for the next week when they pick up food or call the office on Mondays, (740) 852-1980, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Oct. 26. The drive-up option will continue to be available as long as there is no inclement or severe weather.
“The health and well-being of our customers and volunteers are top priorities for the HELP House,” said Kelly Armfelt. “Since we have never done this before, it is going to be trial and error, and we will adjust as we go forward. Please be patient with us and other customers as we move to this new shopping adventure.”
HELP House is located at 122 E. Center St., London.