Germinator Helps Butler County Food Bank Continue Its Mission

October 26, 2020

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Germinator Helps Butler County Food Bank Continue Its MissionThe pandemic has changed our lives in many important and fundamental ways. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 worldwide is staggering. Schools shut down, businesses closed, social distancing and mask mandates have become the norm, unemployment rose to an alarming high, and many families have been forced to worry about where their next meal might come from. Even as the country begins to open again, there are families throughout the U.S. who are still struggling. That makes the mission of the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR) more important than ever.

ANR is the Butler County lead agency for local distribution of state and USDA food commodities, including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. These programs are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to provide high-quality, nutritious foods to supplement existing emergency food assistance resources. These programs help supplement the diets of low-income residents by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. ANR partners with a network of 27 food pantries throughout the county that distribute food in their local communities. The ANR receives bulk food at the ANR warehouse, where orders are packed for pickup by local food pantries. Local agencies work to distribute food to low-income families. In light of the pandemic, the number of families in need has gone up, making it essential that food banks continue to operate at full capacity. For this reason, the ANR called on Germinator Pittsburgh to help them continue their very important mission. Meagan Snyder, the Project Coordinator for ANR, greatly values the team at Butler County Food Bank and the organization's efforts to support dozens of local food pantries. She was proud to work with Germinator to help create a clean and more hygienic facility. "Having Germinator come into our warehouse to create a more hygienic working space gave us greater peace of mind. The work we do helps provide much needed food and supplies to low-income residents throughout the community."

Moving forward, the ANR wanted to take extra measures to help reduce the threat of germs and bacteria. The goal was to continue the mission of the ANR while giving everyone involved confidence in their surroundings. Germinator is an effective sanitizing and disinfecting solution for businesses and organizations.


Germinator's Patent-Pending Process

Step 1 – Test Surfaces:
We first test your surfaces for ATP using a luminometer to detect light that can come from cellular activity. This measurement immediately tells us the level of clean on your surfaces.

Step 2 – Application of Genesis Surface Treatment:
Genesis is a one-step cleaner and broad-spectrum sanitizer and disinfectant treatment that harnesses the power of HOCl (hypochlorous acid) solution. Derived from naturally occurring minerals, Genesis not only eliminates odors at their source, but kills a wide range of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and viruses including norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus on hard, non-porous, environmental surfaces. It meets the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) germicidal spray standards for Hospital-Grade Disinfection and is on the EPA N List of products determined to meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As a result, this treatment will eliminate bacteria and viruses that may reside in your workplace without the use of harsh chemicals or fumes.

Step 3 – Application of Bacteriostatic Finish:
Shield is a water-based quaternary ammonium compound that imparts a durable bacteriostatic finish to a wide range of non-food contact surfaces. It is EPA-registered as effective against mold, mildew, algae, and odor-causing bacteria. This application creates an invisible barrier that combats deterioration and discoloration and promotes freshness for up to three months.

The Genesis and Shield products are applied by using an electrostatic sprayer, which is the most efficient and effective means of delivering the products to the intended application sites.

Step 4 – Retest Surfaces:
After our surface treatment and protectant services, we retest to ensure the surfaces have achieved the intended results.

Germinator Pittsburgh took its commercial sanitizing and disinfecting services to the ANR warehouse and thoroughly applied its patent-pending process to the facility. Germinator's process, when used as an additional step of a company's regular cleaning and sanitizing routine, goes a long way toward helping to maintain a better environment for employees and customers. Germinator's goal is to exceed the expectations of our customers on all levels. We achieve this by a commitment to excellence in products and in the service we provide. In all interactions, Germinator's highly trained staff treats customers with respect and professionalism. We approached the job at ANR with this same professionalism and attention to detail. The job we did for the ANR left the staff with peace of mind and the ability to continue the ANR mission with confidence.

At Germinator Pittsburgh, we are proud to be able to offer services to the community that are important as we move beyond the pandemic. There is still a long road ahead as the country strives to re-open. We want to go the extra mile to help reduce the threat of germs and bacteria. As more companies turn to commercial sanitizing and disinfecting services to bring their employees and customers peace of mind, Germinator Pittsburgh is happy to be part of the efforts.

If you are in the Pittsburgh area and need commercial sanitizing and disinfecting services, contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling (412) 532-7200. We'll be happy to schedule a service for you or answer any of your questions.

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