- The Government has now delivered over 600,000 boxes of essential food to those at highest risk across the country with hundreds of thousands more packages to follow in the coming weeks.
- The Government has partnered with national food distributors – Brakes and Bidfood – to deliver food to the doorsteps of the nation’s most vulnerable.
- Many have local family and friends who can get the vital provisions needed. For those without, the Government has committed to providing the support they need, for as long as they need it.
Who is eligible for a box?
- There are around 1.85 million people in England with underlying severe health conditions who must be protected and have been asked to stay at home.
- These are people of all ages – with extreme respiratory conditions or certain types of cancers, those who have had organ transplants – who are less able to fight off the virus. A full list can be found here.
- People in this group are able to register for a regular food box delivery online or via the dedicated hotline. Instructions on how to do this have been sent to the individual in a letter from the NHS.
- Your information will be also be passed to food retailers to prioritise you for home delivery slots.
How often will you get a food box delivery?
- People who register will receive the delivery on a weekly basis, free of charge, for as long as we are advising the individual to stay at home.
- If a person’s circumstances change and they don’t need the pack anymore, for example because someone can help them with shopping for basic essentials, they should re-register through the gov.uk website as no longer needing a food delivery.
- Government has partnered with national food distributors – Brakes and Bidfood – to get these supplies delivered to people’s doorsteps.
What’s in the box?
The box contains a week’s worth of essentials for one person. While the contents of the parcels may have slight variation (depending on stock), they contain items such as:
- Tinned vegetables – as well as tinned tomatoes – tinned fruit, multipacks of soup and baked beans, and a jar of cooking sauce. Other tins will contain meat and tuna.
- Store cupboard staples such as pasta, rice or noodles or cous cous, potatoes and cereal.
- Bread and fresh fruit.
- Coffee, tea and biscuits.
- Toilet paper and shower gel.
What other support is being provided?
- Up to 200,000 calls a day are being made to the shielded, and councils are helping to support them in other ways – including organising regular calls from volunteers to those isolated.
Communities Secretary of State Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“This is very challenging time for those having to be shielded from the coronavirus. I said at the start of this national emergency that whilst people need to spend more time at home, we would make sure that they never felt alone and I’ve been pleased to hear that our food packages are helping make life that bit easier.
“We have already delivered over half a million food packages to the most vulnerable and we will be delivering hundreds of thousands more food packages in the coming weeks.
“I want to relay my own personal thanks to all those delivering these packages to communities around the country led by the local alliance we have put in place. They are among the many unsung heroes are working alongside councils and volunteers to support those who need it most.”