Partner Agency News
Recall Alert: Grass-Fed Ground Beef
All Faiths Food Bank is aware of the recall announced on 6/16 that has been issued for grass-fed ground beef product. It is possible that agencies received some of this product in Assorted Frozen Meat orders. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following items are being recalled at this time:
Use or Freeze Date Range: June 25 – July 1
- 1-lb. vacuum packages containing “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P-53298-82.
- 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES” and a use or freeze by date of June 27, 2020 and lot code P-53934-28.
- 3-lb. vacuum packages containing three 1 lb. pieces of “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN / 7% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70.
- 1-lb. tray packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53944-10.
- 4-lb. tray packages containing 10 ¼ lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80% LEAN / 20% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53937-45.
- 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20 and lot code P53935-25.
- 1-lb. vacuum packages containing “VALUE PACK FRESH GROUND BEEF 76% LEAN / 24% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53930-18.
We are reviewing our current inventory to see if any remaining items from this date range are still onsite and will take appropriate actions to remove these items. We ask that all agencies check their current inventory for the listed beef items within the affected date range. Agencies that may have this product on hand, please complete and submit the Recall Information and Reimbursement Form.
We will keep you apprised of any additional information that comes through the Food and Drug Administration to communicate with your clients. You may also check the USDA recall page through the link below for updated information about this recall.
Ground Beef Recall
June 6 Updates
We would like all partner agencies to complete a brief survey to understand how COVID-19 has impacted your ability to track client visits. Please complete this survey by Friday, June 19.
We are test piloting a new feature in Link2Feed that will allow clients to register their household information online prior to visiting a pantry. Once the client completes their registration, they will be immediately assigned a client ID number and asked to bring it with them. This will save agencies time on the intake process for new clients. We will provide additional details about this feature once we complete the test phase.
USDA TEFAP AGENCIES
All agencies that participate in the USDA TEFAP program are required to attend annual civil rights training. We have received permission from the State to change this year’s training requirements. We will not be having our normal in-person training conferences this month.
The PowerPoint (PPT) presentation provided by US Department of Agriculture along with a Civil Rights Training Checklist. Everyone who participates in your food program is required to review and sign the Civil Rights Training Checklist; these checklists will need to be retained on-site at your agency for review once monitoring visits resume. Agency leads must send me a copy of your checklist. NOTE: I do not need all of your volunteer checklists, please keep these in your food bank files, I only need yours at this time. If you have volunteers who are seasonal and/or have temporarily suspended service due to COVID-19, please make sure they complete this checklist upon their return. All agencies must complete this training with all active volunteers no later than Tuesday, June 30. Any agency that fails to meet this requirement will lose access to USDA product until this has been completed. The PPT presentation and checklist will be posted to the Agency Portal.
USDA TEFAP AGENCIES – PART II
For those that participate in the USDA TEFAP program, you are aware (or should be J) that the self-declaration forms will expire June 30. New forms, in all 6 languages, will be available beginning July 1. Beginning July 1, please make sure you discard all blank forms dated between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. The new forms will be posted on the Agency Portal once I have received them from USDA (generally mid-June).
HURRICANE SEASON HAS BEGUN
As many of you know, hurricane season officially started June 1 and we are already on our third named storm of the season – Cristobal. With all this going on with COVID-19, we must still be vigilant and prepare for a potentially busy storm season. Hopefully, our area will be spared from any serious threats, but please make sure that your organization has a plan in place.
In the event of a potential impact, we will work to keep you informed of any operational changes. Information regarding emergency disaster activity can be found on Sarasota COAD’s Facebook page, Sarasota COAD website (https://sarasotacoad.wixsite.com/sarasotacoad), and the Sarasota County Emergency Services page (https://www.scgov.net/government/emergency-services/hurricane-preparedness).
We have the following items available for delivery next week:
- 20 pallets/bins of assorted non-perishable food – if you want this item, please email me with how many bins.
- Strawberry Shredded Wheat bowls (#1050059) – these are a great item for kids. This is available on the shopping list and limits on this item have been removed.
- USDA: Frozen OJ (#110651) – also another great item for kids, frozen orange juice snack cups. These are taking up precious space in the freezer that we can use for meat. Please help us make room.
- USDA: Dried Split Peas (#100376) – I know these aren’t a favorite for most, but we need to move them. If we can’t move them, they will be automatically added to all TEFAP agency orders.
Several of you, as well as clients, have asked about distribution schedules. Due to frequent changes in agency distribution times/re-openings and new, temporary sites being added, we are not doing a quarterly schedule for the summer. Schedules are being updated and posted weekly on our website at: https://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/foodfinder/. If you have someone in need, please refer them to our website or have them call our main office at 941.379.6333 for a pantry near them.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing commitment to serving those in our community. There is a lot going on right now, and I know that sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. Take time to enjoy the things that are truly important and know that we will all get through this.
Recall Alert: Conagra Brands Healthy Choice Frozen Power Bowls
All Faiths Food Bank is aware of a voluntary recall announced on 5/22 that has been issued for various Healthy Choice Frozen Power Bowls. The following items are affected by this recall:
- 5-oz cartons containing “Healthy Choice POWER BOWLS Chicken Feta & Farro” with lot code 5006006620 and best by date of DEC 01 2020. The product bears establishment number “P-115” on the side panel adjacent to the lot code.
- 2-oz cartons containing “Heathy Choice POWER BOWLS Unwrapped Burrito Scramble” with UPC 7265500082, lot code 5009002920 and best if used by date of OCT 25 2020. The product bears establishment number “P9” on the side panel adjacent to the lot code.
- 2-oz cartons containing “Healthy Choice POWER BOWLS Turkey Sausage & Egg White Scramble” with UPC 7265500081, lot code of 5009003020 and a best if used by date of OCT 26 2020 on the label. The product bears establishment number “P9” on the side panel adjacent to the lot code.
- 204-gram cartons containing “Healthy Choice POWER BOWLS BOILS ÈNERGIE PETIT DÈJJEUNER TOUTE JOURNÈE Turkey Sausage & Egg White Scramble” with UPC 7265500202, lot code of 5009003020 and a best if used by date of OCT 26 2020 on the label. The product bears establishment number “EST P9” on the side panel adjacent to the lot code.
- 204-gram cartons containing “Heathy Choice POWER BOWLS BOILS ÈNERGIE PETIT DÈJJEUNER TOUTE JOURNÈE Unwrapped Burrito Scramble” with UPC 7265500203, lot code 5009002920 and best if used by date of OCT 25 2020. The product bears establishment number “EST P9” on the side panel adjacent to the lot code.
On April 10, 2020. Conagra Brands, Inc., recalled approximately 130,763 pounds of not ready-to-eat chicken bowl products produced on Jan. 23, 2020. The products bear establishment number “EST P115” inside the USDA Mark of inspection.
- 5-oz. cartons containing “Healthy Choice POWER BOWLS Chicken Feta & Farro” with lot code 5006002320, UPC code 072655001800 and a best by date of 10/19/2020 on the label.
- 5-oz. cartons containing “Healthy Choice POWER BOWLS Chicken Feta & Farro, BOILS ÈNERGIE Poulet feta et épeautre” with lot code 5006002320, UPC code 072655003026 and a best by date of 10/19/2020 on the label.
It is possible that these were distributed through Assorted Frozen Items and/or through retail drop/pick-up programs. Please check your current inventory. Agencies that may have this product on hand, please discard the product and complete and submit the Recall Information and Reimbursement Form.
We will keep you apprised of any additional information that comes through the Food and Drug Administration to communicate with your clients. You may also check the Conagra Brands recall page through the link below for updated information about this recall.
Conagra Brands Frozen Power Bowls Recall
May 19 Updates
FOOD BANK CLOSURE
Please note that AFFB will be closed on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. There will be no deliveries, pick-ups or retail drops this day. Please plan your orders accordingly and abide by the adjusted ordering deadlines.
If you want delivery for Tuesday, May 26, place your order by noon Wednesday, May 20.
If you want delivery for Wednesday, May 27, place your order by noon on Thursday, May 21.
Many of you have begun to re-open your pantries and/or adjust back to normal operating hours. As you phase-in your operations, please remember to notify the food bank of any openings and/or schedule changes. It is still recommended that agencies continue a drive-thru distribution, however, this is not mandatory. Regardless of your distribution method, please ensure that you are following all CDC and FL Department of Health guidelines as they pertain to social distancing and face/glove usage.
We ask that you please include/mention All Faiths Food Bank in all press releases, interviews, social posts or on your website when food distribution is mentioned. Sample messaging can include:
“Our partnership with All Faiths Food Bank allows us to provide food to our community.”
“We are proud partners of All Faiths Food Bank.”
“The food we provide is thanks to our partnership with All Faiths Food Bank.”
If the media wants to know more about the food received and/or how many are served within the All Faiths Food Bank network, or if you have any questions, please contact our Communications Manager, Elodie at email@example.com. She is happy to help!
All Faiths will continue to waiver all food costs and delivery fees through the end of June. Unfortunately, we still need to continue with product limits. Please note that the shopping list and your invoice will show this cost. At the end of the month, AFFB will adjust to zero.
Thank you everyone for all your hard work and commitment during this difficult time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
April 9 updates
As we progress through, what the CDC indicates as, some of the most difficult weeks to come, I want to thank all of you for the incredible efforts that you and your teams continue to display. In less than 4 weeks, the All Faiths Food Bank network has distributed over 1.5 million pounds of food to the community. Many of you have reported more than 2 and 3 times your average client foot traffic and have expressed concerns with running out of food.
All Faiths has been working diligently to secure more food to meet this increasing demand. This week we began to see a slight increase in the amount of food that we rescue from our retail partners, however, we are nowhere near our normal levels. At this time, we will continue to maintain product limits, but are encouraging everyone to consider the following:
- The grocery stores are starting to recover from the massive outages and are taking various measures, including placing limits and adjusting hours in order to keep shelves stocked.
- In Florida, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has begun to issue waivers to ease Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – aka food stamp) program operations. Additional information can be found on FNS’s website.
- While the Florida unemployment application process has been significantly overwhelmed, the state has issued a number of waivers on application requirement and started accepting paper applications. Additional information on how to file for unemployment can be found on Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website.
- With the pandemic affecting the global landscape, the supply chain is being stretched thin in all directions. Our local network is also feeling this strain and while there has been an influx of available purchased items these past two weeks, the global strain for resources has had several impacts:
- It has become difficult to secure some regularly stocked items.
- It has pushed out the time frame in which items can be delivered to us. Orders that usually took 2 weeks are now taking 4-6 weeks to be delivered.
- Prices have gone up for many items.
We are asking each of you to help by stretching the resources within our network for the next couple of weeks. Our recommendations:
- Plan ahead and determine how many you are ordering for. This number should be based on the household client count, not the total number of household members.
- Try to work within the product limits by alternating/substituting items. For example, if you are planning for 150 people – you don’t need to order 150 grape jelly and 150 strawberry jelly. Order half of one and half of another. This allows you to stay within the product limits and still give each person that item count. Don’t just take the maximum of each item just because it’s available and free right now.
- Try to limit how much dry food is given out, if you are open multiple days a week and normally provide 10-12 items per person, consider cutting that down by 2-3 items and rotate what you order/give out different items for different days or weeks. This is particularly helpful for sites that don’t limit or track how frequently the same client can pick-up.
We know these product limits may constrain your ability to give as much as you have in the past or even limit how many you can help during a distribution, but we need to work together to keep the whole network serving, and not just parts of it. As our suppliers adapt to this strain and we ease out of this pandemic, we will continue to re-evaluate the need for product limits.
Please make sure that you are submitting your statistics. This data is crucial in keeping the county, state, and network informed of the impact that coronavirus is having on our agencies. This data may also impact how much funding is directed to our area. We don’t want to minimize or exclude the client need or work that each of you are doing.
If you have someone who is new and not in the Link2Feed system or if you are a non-TEFAP site using Link2Feed, please use the new Anonymous Visit function. For a cheat sheet on how to use this click here.
If you need help or suggestions on how to adjust your process of tracking visits in a safe manner, whether you use Link2Feed or not, please reach out to either Alex Fixler at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself.
Effective April 1, we announced that all food costs (donated and purchased) and delivery fees will be waivered until further notice. In order to track the cost of this event, we are required to change how we normally process these waivers. Please note that your invoice will show this cost. At the end of the month AFFB will adjust to zero.
Thank you for your continued efforts to feed those throughout our community. We will continue to provide updates as they are received. Be safe and stay healthy,
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