Struggling food banks move towards home deliveries. Why not deliver government packages?

Food bank: they’re struggling in the coronavirus crisis, and diversifying into home delivery. Why not link up with the government, which is doing the same?

Duplication is a waste of effort.

But it seems both the government and the food bank network are arranging deliveries to people who have become vulnerable, including because of the coronavirus crisis.

Why don’t they just work together?

Many [food banks] are attempting to switch gears and move into the home delivery of emergency food packages.

Food banks across the UK are struggling to stay open as the coronavirus outbreak continues to cause a sharp decline in volunteers and a shortage of food donations.

It comes as a new survey revealed the scale of the hunger crisis facing Britain. Some 1.5 million people reported not eating for a whole day during the first three weeks of lockdown, according to a YouGov poll for The Food Foundation.

[In the new system,] drivers deliver to people struggling with job losses, cuts in income or difficultly getting outside for health reasons.

Source: Help the Hungry: Food banks move towards home deliveries amid struggle to keep doors open | The Independent

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One Comment

  1. trev April 18, 2020 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I volunteer at one of the foodbanks mentioned in the article and yes we have been delivering food packs directly to peoples’ doorstep with the Council’s help throughout the lockdown. This is to prevent the public having to come to the foodbank in person to collect, thereby obviously reducing the risk to all concerned. I’m not involved in the planning of this and I have no idea of the health status of individuals, just that they have all been referred and assessed as being in need. Demand has increased massively compared to the same time last year, at least a 50% increase. We’ve also stopped receiving donations of food made in person and people are being asked to donate into the collection bins provided in supermarkets instead of coming in person. It’s an independent foodbank, not connected with the Trussell network.

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