Our response to the pandemic

TISTA’s COVID-19 mission is to fill the gap in existing community COVID-19 support efforts by providing personal protection equipment, meals for the homeless, and other essential services in line with TISTA’s culture of humility and philanthropy.

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Empowering Communities to Conquer Covid-19

Masks Distributed

PPE Distributed

Meals Distributed

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective equipment

We’re getting PPE (e.g. KN95, N95 masks) to those in need.

First responders and healthcare professionals at federal, state and local levels are on the front lines providing support to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the health care system; this has caused shortages in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). To assist first responders and healthcare professionals in conducting activities safely, TISTA is committed to contributing to the respective agency’s mission.  At our own expense, we are working with suppliers globally to source large numbers of masks for those who need them most at no cost.  We need your help to help those who are risking their lives to protect us.

Meals for those in need

We’re Teaming with Local Community Partners and Restaurants to Serve Meals to Those in Need.

Restaurant closures due to the pandemic account for a significant portion of US job losses, placing considerable strain on food banks and the homeless community.

TISTA is honored to partner with nonprofits, religious institutions and shelters to deliver free meals to veterans,  first responders, healthcare professionals,  and the homeless in communities nationwide.  Our community partners source meals from local restaurants to assist with keeping workers employed while volunteers coordinate no-contact delivery of meals to those who are at the front lines. 

Homeless populations are at increased risk for infection, so our volunteers are also providing them PPE at no cost along with the meals. 

We are out in the community right now.  Please ask us for help.

Meals for those in need

TISTA covid-19 tracker

As part of TISTA’s commitment to the safety and well-being of its associates and the community, the company has developed an application  to raise awareness of the intensity of the pandemic within the United States while providing context for understanding individual risk. The application is simple to use and contains a number of useful features for understanding the magnitude of the pandemic at the national and local level.  Key features include pandemic stats, heat maps, zip code lookup, a responsive web/mobile design.

The application is under active development and is releasing new features each week.  Check it out – and stay safe.

COVID-19 Tracker


This TISTA aid map shows where TISTA is distributing masks and meals. The map uses yellow circles to illustrate masks.  Solid ones have been distributed and hollow ones are committed (pending distribution). Blue squares illustrate meals. In cases where TISTA distributes masks along with meals, the icons overlap.

Our volunteers are in some of the hardest-hit areas of the US, as you can see in the map.

TISTA is expanding its efforts across the country.  If your organization needs assistance, or wants to be part of the solution, let us know.

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Disclaimer:  KN95 face masks are not a replacement for medical grade Personal Protective Equipment, and in circumstances where medical grade Personal Protective Equipment is recommended, you should consult a health care professional. The decision to use this mask is solely your own. 

Please remember that use of face masks is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. Follow the latest advice of the CDC and your own health care professionals as to how best to keep yourself safe.

TISTA Philanthropy Partners

Univeristy of Maryland Safe Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
Univeristy of Maryland Global Campus
Mobile Loaves&Fishes Serving Goodness
10BDesh Foundation
Nourish Now
Sheperd's Table
Univeristy of Texas at Austin
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The Children's Inn at NIH

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