Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lakeview Pantry has served a historic increase in the number of people turning to us for help. In response, we’ve expanded operations to provide more food, mental health counseling and social services than ever before.

We cannot risk any interruption to these essential free services in the ongoing pandemic.

Beginning November 1, Lakeview Pantry will require all new and existing volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We are implementing this policy to help ensure the safety of the people we serve, as well as our volunteers and staff, and to minimize the pandemic’s impact on our essential operations.

Many of the people we serve are at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19, including older adults, people with underlying health conditions, and children who are too young to be vaccinated at this point in time. We have a collective responsibility to do everything we can to keep them safe.

Additionally, many of our volunteers are also older adults at greater risk of serious illness caused by COVID-19. We cannot do this work without them, and we will not risk their safety and well-being.

Since the initial onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Lakeview Pantry has carefully followed the guidance of local, state and federal health agencies. COVID-19 vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective at saving lives. For more information on vaccines, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Volunteers can upload a photo of their vaccine card as proof through their personal volunteer site. This simple process takes less than a minute. Anyone having difficulty with the online process can email volunteer staff for assistance at volunteers@lakeviewpantry.org.

Lakeview Pantry staff are also required to be vaccinated. As a workforce of about 50 people, we’re 100 percent vaccinated.

We appreciate your understanding and ongoing support as we continue to navigate these challenging times together.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Lakeview Pantry implementing this process now?
As the pandemic continues, we’ve decided to require vaccines for all volunteers and staff to help ensure the safety of the people we serve and to minimize the possibility of a disruption to our essential services. We feel this is particularly important as we head into the colder winter months, when Lakeview Pantry provides more food and social services to a greater number of people.
What if a volunteer has an autoimmune disease, allergic reaction to the vaccine or a religious exemption?
We could not do this work without our hundreds of kind and compassionate volunteers. We appreciate each and every one of you. Unfortunately, we remain in an ongoing pandemic. As such, we must do what we can to help ensure the safety of everyone involved. Beginning Nov. 1, we will only accept those who are fully vaccinated.
What about youth volunteers?
We love our youth volunteers and look forward to a time when they can all be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Until that time, beginning Nov. 1, we will only accept volunteers who are vaccinated.
What has been the response to this new policy?
The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our staff will actively be reaching out to volunteers who haven’t yet done so and helping anyone who needs it. We’ve received enthusiastic support from volunteers, staff and donors.