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U-M drive-up donation site now collecting food with protective gear for healthcare workers

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Posted at 8:26 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 08:26:36-04

(WXYZ) — The University of Michigan drive-up donation site is now taking food donations on top of protective gear for healthcare workers.

According to Michigan Medicine, the nonperishable food and toiletries will be given to Food Gatherers, which will distribute them to more than 100 nonprofit organizations.

They will be accepted from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at Dock 90 of 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor.

People can drive up and drop them off without getting out of their car.

The most-needed supplies are:

  • Hearty canned soups such as beef stew and chili, especially low-sodium
  • Canned fish and chicken, low-sodium preferred
  • Canned vegetables, low-sodium or no salt
  • Pasta, canned or dry packaged
  • Rice
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Nut butters or jelly, plastic jars only
  • Baby food and formula, plastic containers only
  • Liquid nutrition drinks such as Ensure
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Disposable razors

Protective gear being accepted for use at Michigan Medicine includes new or unused:

  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
  • Eye protection, including face shields and safety goggles
    • 3D printing note: Details about officially sanctioned 3D printing specifications for face shields will be shared soon.
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, especially nonlatex
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nasal swabs with nylon shafts
  • Powered air-purifying respirators and PAPR hoods
  • Viral or universal transport medium

Open containers of protective gear are accepted. Monetary donations to support Michigan Medicine COVID-19 operations, including clinical care and research, can be made at victors.us/covid19.

In the first week, the donation site collected over 5,500 boxes of gloves – equal to hundreds of thousands of gloves, 115,000 procedure masks, over 10,000 N95 masks, 3,000 face shields, 500 bottles of hand sanitizer and refill, and many other supplies.

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