St. Joseph Food Program, the largest food pantry in the Fox Valley, announces the opening of its new drive-up distribution model, a result of adapting to keep its guests and volunteers safe during the pandemic. Miron Construction Co., Inc. donated nearly $300,000 in construction work.
“Everyone at St. Joe’s is very happy to announce the opening of our new drive-up distribution model,” said Monica Clare, executive director of St. Joe’s. “Because of the support of Miron Construction and many other vendors, St. Joe’s is able to bring our volunteers back inside where they will serve our guests from distribution windows. I can’t begin to express how grateful we are for the community’s support of this project. St. Joe’s has been serving those needing food assistance in the Fox Valley for 39 years. This model will take us into the future, ensuring safety for all volunteers and guests while offering face-to-face interactions that are so important.”
Volunteers, guests, and staff can maintain an appropriately safe distance from others with the use of contactless pickup. The new model allows for fewer volunteers in the building and for them to remain indoors out of rain, snow, sun, and extreme heat. These new changes also help with the flow of product leaving the facility. Delivery drivers, outreach agencies, and school districts will be able to pick up product from the drive-up windows rather than from the donations warehouse at the back of the building.
“We are honored to support St. Joe’s by donating our construction services to reach its goal of creating a safer, easier distribution option for the people it serves,” said David Voss III, executive vice president, field operations, Miron Construction. “We are one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and many in our community are still facing hunger, some for the first time. We’re lucky to have food banks like St. Joe’s in our community that make sure the ones in need have essential food available, and we’re happy to have played a role in bringing this drive-up model to life for them.”