Vulnerable People Get Free Food Parcels While Shielding at Home

June 15, 2020

People deemed most vulnerable to the coronavirus have been receiving free boxes of food and essential supplies to their homes while they shield themselves away.

Around 1.5 million individuals have been advised by the NHS to stay at home while the virus is still spreading within the wider population, which inevitably creates problems for some in terms of getting groceries and having enough food to live on.

Many people in the ‘most vulnerable’ category have been able to make arrangements with loved ones or with neighbours to have food delivered but not everyone is in a position to do so.

As a result, the government has been making available a service that sees free food parcels packaged up and sent to those individuals who need to stay home and have no other way of accessing essentials.

Tens of thousands of these parcels have so far been sent out, with their contents including household items such as pasta, tinned foods, fruit and biscuits.

Anyone who is regarded as being particularly vulnerable to the potential impacts of coronavirus should have received a letter of notification to that effect from the NHS.

People who feel they could be especially vulnerable but haven’t received a letter telling them they should shield are being advised to contact their GP.

Those people who are shielding and struggling to access the essentials in terms of food and supplies they need each week should sign up for support via the UK government’s website and the webpage: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick MP said in a statement: “We will support these people at this difficult time, and the scale of an operation like that has not been seen since the Second World War.

“This is an unprecedented package of support and I want to thank the food suppliers, local councils and everyone who has come together to create this essential service.”

Worryingly, the UK has seen a sharp rise in the number of people turning to food banks since the coronavirus crisis began, with the Trussell Trust charity revealing recently an 89 per cent increase in demand for its food parcels during the month of April.

Paul Barber

Head Adviser at our Manchester Office

Tel: 0800 001 4247
Email: enquiries@ukdebt.org.uk

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