Community Meal Service Program (11/2/20)

Dear Pomona College Community,

I am pleased to announce that Pomona College has entered into a partnership with UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Hospitality Training Academy to prepare meals for those in the surrounding area who are home bound during the pandemic. Pomona College will be providing meals to over 180 seniors in the areas of Pomona, San Dimas and Chino who have indicated to Los Angeles County that they cannot leave their homes to purchase food.

A portion of our dining staff will return to campus on a limited basis this week for training and will work through Dec. 31 to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner to these seniors. Our dining staff involved in this program will be brought back to campus part time and will be paid their regular wages. Our dining staff will prepare and cook food, and package it in labeled microwavable containers, which will be boxed and picked up twice weekly for delivery directly to the homes of these seniors by taxicab, Uber and other drivers as arranged by HTA.

To keep them safe, returning dining staff will work in a tightly controlled “bubble” of two teams. Our partners at Hamilton Health Box will regularly test each returning employee for COVID-19 (testing has already begun) and the staff will follow strict health and safety guidelines and protocols.

Please note that the College is working with HHB to develop a broader plan to regularly test staff who are required to work on campus for COVID-19. We will outline the details of our testing strategy in the coming days.

The partnership between UNITE HERE, the Hospitality Training Academy and the College was accomplished through the hard work of Bob Robinson, Brenda Rushforth, Carol Saldivar and Jose Martinez, who ensured that the College can safely offer this important opportunity for our staff and to our community partners. We also thank the faculty and members of the Pomona community for their support.

 

Thank you,

Rob Goldberg
VP, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer