Philabundance temporarily closes facilities after 2 staffers potentially exposed to COVID-19

Mike DeNardo
March 26, 2020 - 1:12 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philabundance is shutting down for three days, after it learned two staffers at the surplus food agency had contact with people who may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Philabundance spokesperson Stefanie Arck-Baynes said the decision was made out of “an abundance of caution.”

“Two staff members have either come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus, or is currently living with somebody who is experiencing symptoms,” she explained, emphasizing that no one at Philabundance has actually tested positive for coronavirus.

The two employees are now self-quarantining. 

Arck-Baynes said Philabundance has closed its facilities on Galloway Street in South Philadelphia and West Berks in North Philadelphia for a 48-hour deep-cleaning, which is underway through Sunday. 

The agency normally provides food to 350 hunger relief organizations in the area, though Arck-Baynes said 70 of them have closed due to the coronavirus crisis. She advises anyone who is in need of food during the three-day Philabundance shutdown to visit the social care network Aunt Bertha or to call WhyHunger at 1-800-5-HUNGRY.


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