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March 17, 2020
We are living in trying times. By now we know you’ve heard from many businesses about how they are responding to COVID-19. We want to assure you that we are determined to continue our role of connecting households and communities to Good Food, while also implementing best practices to keep you and your customers, our food supply, and our staff safe.
While CDC, FDA, and USDA are not aware of any reports at this time that suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging, we’re working every day to make sure that our sanitation, food handling, transportation, and staff health and hygiene practices exceed requirements and demonstrate our commitment to a culture of food safety and quality. Here’s a little more about what we’re doing:
We’re all in this together, and we’re all dedicated to demonstrating that when our communities need help, our local food system is ready to answer the call. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback on our COVID-19 response, please contact us.
Local food systems literally and figuratively feed communities—they drive economies, create connections, provide nourishment, and employ countless people, from farm laborers to dishwashers. Now, more than ever, it is critical to support small farmers, the backbone of so many small businesses and so much in our community.
In addition to continuing our delivery services, 4P Foods is also mobilizing an extensive coalition of regional partners to make sure that you, your neighbors, kids who rely on school meals, older adults, people who are home-bound, and everyone in need is able to access food – good, nourishing food, and plenty of it – while schools and institutions are closed to slow the spread of coronavirus. We are activating schools, food banks, kitchens, delivery vehicles, and more to mobilize the supply chain that will get food to people who need it in the immediate term and beyond.
Soon we will share news of the greater regional response plan. In the meantime, check out our press release for more details. Let’s keep caring for ourselves, each other, and eating our veggies!
Peas & love,
Tom and the 4P Family
In the days since this blog post was first written, the 4P Foods team and our partners have been hard at work helping feed the most vulnerable members of our community – from farmers to urban families. We’re helping to lead the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC) to address the weaknesses in our food system exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. From empowering local organizations, food banks, and institutions to helping small farms and companies connect to people who need good food, MAFRAC is behind so many food access success stories. Visit mafrac.com and read about 4P Foods' Emergency Food + Farm Fund for Greater DMV/VA to learn how you can help.