The health and safety of everyone involved in Bell Tower is of utmost importance. This includes all of our volunteers and everyone who comes to pick up food as a registered or walk in client. It is also important to us that we do what we can to ensure people are able to access food in a safe and healthy environment. At this point, Winnipeg Harvest is continuing to operate, while taking measures to protect against COVID 19 (including effecting handwashing and respiratory hygiene). Winnipeg Harvest has also advised food banks of some operational changes to make to ensure a safe and healthy environment. 

Bell Tower is coming up this Friday, March 20th and will be open with significant modifications to how we operate. We will only be open to assemble and hand out food hampers – to both registered and walk in clients. We will open our doors at 5PM and will be open to hand out hampers until 8PM. If necessary, we will limit the number of people entering the building. We hope this method eliminates lines and limits contact. 

We will only be handing out food hampers; there will be no meal, no rides home and no mini mart. 

In addition to our revised procedures, we will continue to maintain cleanliness as a top priority at Bell Tower. We strive to maintain a healthy and clean environment year-round. In response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking extra precautions at this time.

What we’re doing:

  • Enhancing our cleaning processes prior to our food delivery on Friday afternoon from Winnipeg Harvest. This includes the wiping and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as handles, handrails, restroom stall doors, and sinks, and tables and shelves to put food on;
  • Providing foam hand sanitizer at the Westminster entrance to the building and clean handwashing facilities in the basement;
  • Using gloves for all handling of food hampers and the food that goes into them; and
  • Taking our direction from global, federal, and local health officials such as the World Health Organization and Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and adjusting protocols when necessary.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will update our practices as needed to reflect recommendations from the Government of Canada.

We recognise that there is much uncertainty at this time and since it is an evolving situation, we will be providing you with updates and more information as it becomes available. We encourage you to learn more using the information available through the Government of Canada Public Health Services.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Meaghan Pauls (meaghanpauls@belltowercommunitycafe.org).

In this time of uncertainty, may you find ways to take care of yourself and others, at a time of isolation, may you find ways to be hospitable, and in this time of much anxiety, may you feel peace.  Be safe.