Forgotten Harvest’s COVID-19 Safety Response Policy

To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to help protect each other and our community, Forgotten Harvest’s team, volunteers, and guests are asked to follow and use CDC’s guidelines and recommended tools:

CDC’s current COVID-19 Community Risk Levels for our service area: Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties – MEDIUM.

FH’s updated guidelines are consistent with CDC’s “streamlining its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus.”

FH requires that people not to report to work or volunteer at any FH site if he / she / they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 virus. If you test positive, have symptoms, or have any questions, please contact Denise asap: 734-558-3806

CDC says: “Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If your results are positive, follow [CDC’s] full isolation recommendation. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.” To review CDC’s isolation guidelines: Per CDC: “These recommendations do not change based on COVID-19 Community Levels.”

If you are exposed to COVID-19, CDC states: Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed. Day 0 = last day of exposure. Day 1 = first full day after last exposure. For 10 full days, continue to: Wear a high-quality mask. Watch for symptoms. Take precautions around people who are more like to get sick. Get tested on Day 6. If negative: Continue precautions until Day 10. If positive, isolate immediately.”

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CDC continues to promote the following actions at all COVID-19 Community Levels:

  • “Being up to date” with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
  • Practice basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing and surface cleaning.

CDC especially recommends considering mask use and social distancing in locations at Medium or High COVID-19 Community Levels.

  • “Wear masks to help contain droplets and particles as you breathe, cough, or sneeze so that you don’t spread them to others.”
  • “Increase space and distance between yourself and others … particularly in crowded areas.”

On FH’s team, we want to assure that everyone feels respected. And we want to assure that we protect each other and use workplace practices that help mitigate workplace hazards related to COVID-19.

  • FH’s employees are encouraged to wear masks / face coverings indoors. And we are encouraging contractors, volunteers, and guests to wear masks and will make masks available for them.
  • Honor FH’s mask-use policy and always have full respect and dignity toward other people.
  • CDC permits businesses and organizations to set their own mask requirements. When working at non-FH sites, FH employees are required to comply with the policies at other locations, including required use of face masks.
  • FH’s partner agencies, including our mobile pantry sites, may be asking their pantry guests to advise of their preference: Does a pantry guest want to be served by a person wearing a mask? FH’s staff and volunteers will honor the guest’s request with respect and dignity.
  • CDC makes COVID-19 vaccinations a priority for all Community Risk Levels.
  • CDC says: “Get Vaccinated and stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing you from getting sick. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Getting vaccinated is the best way to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, including people with weakened immune systems.” For CDC’s current vaccination guidance: (updated July 22, 2022)
  • FH asks that staff, volunteers, and guests continue to monitor personal status and comply with CDC requirements, including personal health; risk contacts; travel. This helps us reduce the risk of COVID transmission.
  • Maintain social distancing in our work areas.
  • Continue personal health etiquette, including frequent handwashing or hand-sanitizing.
  • Use disposable gloves to address food safety and to help mitigate COVID-19 transmission risk.

Forgotten Harvest complies with government’s recommended pandemic emergency requirements and best practices.


If You Need Food

Many of our network of over 250 partner agencies and programs remain open during the pandemic and its aftermath.

Find a food program here.

We recommend calling before you go to confirm hours of operation and requirements for they may have changed recently. Additional help can be found by calling a community care advocate at 2-1-1 to find referrals for food, shelter, medical assistance, and more.