Free Meals Volunteering
We are looking for volunteers to help with our FREE MEALS service. This involves having 2 people with cars for home deliveries.
Volunteers arrive at the Vine church at 2pm and are usually finished by 3:30pm.
You can volunteer for one day a week or all three.
Health and Safety:
Because the Scottish government has decided to pause shielding, those who are at higher risk can now volunteer for FREE MEALS is they decide to do so and assess they are satisfied with the health and safety measures in place. They must be confident that the FREE MEALS service does not present a risk given their personal health condition. Here is the latest advice from the Scottish government:
We will be pausing shielding from 1 August. This is because the levels of infection in Scotland are low enough for us to do this.
This will mean that you can follow the same guidance as the rest of Scotland. To stay safe, you should strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. From 1 August, we expect that it will be safe enough for you to:
- return to work or school
- return to university or college as part of the phased return to campus
- go inside pubs and restaurants
- attend places of worship for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation”
The information that follows was advice prior to 24.07.2020:
Anyone over 64 or with underlying health conditions cannot volunteer for their own health and wellbeing.
The Scottish Government advice on who can provide services is found at:
“A minister of religion or worship leader may leave their home to travel to their place of worship. A place of worship may broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise.
For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public service, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.”
Our provision of food would fall under the Food bank category.
Infection Prevention and Control.
The following guidelines are taken from:
Infection prevention and control (hygiene measures)
Organisations must ensure that all members of the organisation are aware that they must stay at home if they or a household member develop symptoms of COVID-19 and they should support them in doing this.
- Promote good hand hygiene for all staff, volunteers, contractors, service users and visitors.
- Ensure that adequate facilities are available for hand hygiene, including handwashing facilities that are adequately stocked or alcohol based hand rub at key areas (e.g. entry and exit points).
- Ensure workers are aware they must not attend for work with COVID symptoms.
- Ensure that everyone knows what to do if someone becomes symptomatic whilst at work.
- Ensure environmental cleaning is done regularly.
o Routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g. telephones, keyboards, door handles, desks and tables).
o Ensure that where possible movement of individuals between work stations is minimised and where work spaces are shared there is cleaning between use (e.g. avoid hot desking and instead each individual has a designated desk).
o Clean work vehicles, between different passengers or shifts as appropriate.
Ensure social distancing of 2m at all times between volunteers and also between volunteers and service users.
Wear gloves and face masks and carry hand sanitiser. The Scottish government recommends use of face masks in certain situations so we recommend home made face masks for volunteers helping out.
Good hygiene practices to help prevent spread
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol based hand rub where available if no access to soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness wherever possible.
- Avoid using personal items (e.g. mobile phone) of people that have a respiratory illness wherever possible.
- Cover the nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing, coughing, wiping and blowing the nose. Dispose of all used tissues promptly into a waste bin. If you don’t have any tissues available, cough and sneeze into the crook of the elbow. Wash or use alcohol based hand rub to clean hands at the first opportunity.
*What and Why?
As a result of the lock down many people are at risk of losing their jobs. Some have already lost their jobs. Others are on 80% pay and were already struggling with 100% pay. Many school children in the vulnerable group are not attending school so will not receive their free meals.
Dunfermline Food bank does a great job. They provide a 3 day supply of dry food and tins. Dunfermline foodbank is open 3 days per week 4-6pm and people require a voucher to get a supply. https://dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk/2020/03/19/coronaviruscovid-19/
Dunfermline Advice Hub posted this on 27th April 2020 *. The “Food for your future” are doing small food bags. Again, this is a small supply of dry foods.
From what I can see there is an opportunity to provide meals and also a need.
Single mums and poorer families may either lack food to provide meals or be mentally unhealthy to think about preparing meals so may just provide snack food for their children.
Jesus said: ‘For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. ‘ Matthew 25:35. “And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42 NLT