At this point you are most likely aware of the current COVID positivity rate in our community. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some additional context for your service with Flower City Pickers. Recent communications from the Governor’s Office and Monroe County Public Health reaffirmed what we’re reading in the news, positive cases are increasing. One important aspect highlighted is that unlike previous spikes, the current increase in cases is not due to students - either K-12 or college students. It's primarily due to community spread from people who are spending time with their family and friends. We are all experiencing fatigue that comes from constant prolonged vigilance and missing social interactions with our friends and family. We were all hopeful that things would improve enough for small indoor gatherings as we headed into winter, but instead we are experiencing another significant increase in the positivity rate.
With all that has been happening, we are grateful to you for continuing to show up to feed our neighbors when they really need us. We also understand that you need to make decisions that are best for you and your family. As we head into winter, we want to continue the great communication we’ve had so far that has helped us continue our mission. With that in mind, we want to work with you to help us stay focused on our mission. Please, we encourage you to take a break from volunteer shifts if you have plans to attend a gathering with friends or family outside your “bubble”. This is something we’ve been trying to do all along, and it has been extremely helpful and successful in minimizing potential exposures for the volunteers and core staff at FCP. We’ve done such a great job of working together to be cautious, and we appreciate your willingness so far to check in with us about activities and take a break if there’s any question at all.
If at any time you are reaching beyond your bubble, please feel free to contact us if you are scheduled to volunteer. Also, since we are now less than 2 weeks from Thanksgiving, please let us know if you will not be available around the Holidays. We will NOT be conducting Rochester Public Market Operations on Saturday, November 28, 2020 (Saturday after Thanksgiving). As many of you know, we often get donations from Headwater Food Hub during the week, so we still may look for volunteers during that time.
We are all coming to terms with the fact that none of the adjustments we make in the midst of this crisis are ideal, but we need to simply do the best that we can to fulfill our mission. Thank you for helping in so many various ways, and for adjusting with us as we seek to keep the mission moving forward; we couldn’t do it without all of the help. And please always remember to give us a call or check in if you have any questions or concerns.