On behalf of Food for Soul, our thoughts are with all those who are currently impacted by COVID-19, their families and the communities who are working to contain the virus from spreading further. Ensuring the safety of all our employees, volunteers, guests, operational partners and projects is our top priority. We are following the suggestions and restrictions of the Italian Health Ministry as well as in-country project governments and international health agency guidelines with regards to the COVID-19 virus.
We stand behind our partners at each Refettorio and Social Tables which, alongside a large network of community members, are putting in place measures to ensure the health and safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff members. As they do their best to ensure that the community continues to be served, who now more than ever find themselves in situations of vulnerability and isolation, Food for Soul remains committed to working closely to its partners to communicate the crucial impact of the Refettorios and Social Tables, and to share best practices within its Learning Network of Partners.
For notifications and updates on affected program services, please refer directly to the projects. Food for Soul will continue to work on upcoming projects following recommendations from in-country authorities and in the best interest of community health and safety. We will continue to publish updates on our website and social media channels.
As the COVID-19 situation is evolving, we strongly advise that all of our partners and participants review the World Health Organization recommendations for self-protection and travel health notices related to the outbreak. These notices will be updated as more information becomes available and if there are any changes they can be found here.
As a precaution, we are advising our partners to increase awareness, education and practice of key hygiene measures that can reduce opportunity for spread. While health officials work to contain the outbreak in regions across the world, these hygiene measures are good practice to keep healthy and active. We strongly recommend everyone to stay informed and follow the advice given by healthcare providers.
These measures include:
As we find ourselves facing a global health crisis, we invite people all over the world to think about the importance of inclusivity in a time when it is challenging to be together closely.
The whole Food for Soul team remains at disposal for questions and clarifications regarding our operations and we hope everyone stays safe.
We are stronger together, now and always.
The Food for Soul Team