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  1. Published on: 27/04/2020 07:21 AMReported by: roving-eye
    Government hits milestone one month on from launching unprecedented support package for the country’s most clinically vulnerable people

    Working together with local leaders and the food industry, government has formed an unprecedented alliance to ensure vulnerable people get the supplies that they need

    Social media highlights the range of people being supported by food boxes

    Over 500,000 boxes of essential food have now been delivered by wholesalers to those at highest risk across the country with hundreds of thousands more packages to follow in the coming weeks, Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP today (Sunday 26 April) confirmed.

    The milestone was surpassed a month after the Government launched its shielding programme - an unprecedented package of support for those most at risk of catching coronavirus. As part of this the Government partnered with national food distributors – Brakes and Bidfood – to get these supplies delivered to people’s doorsteps.

    The effort has also seen a partnership forged between central government and local agencies that is helping to support clinically extremely vulnerable residents through the coronavirus outbreak, delivering a programme on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

    These partnerships – known as Local Resilience Forums - were put in place across the whole country by the Communities Secretary to manage the local response to this national emergency.

    There are around 1.85 million people with underlying?severe?health conditions that must be protected?and have been asked to stay at home and shield.?

    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.?

    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.

    Those receiving food packages have taken to social media to share personal messages of thanks and appreciation to the drivers and authorities working to deliver the packages.

    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.

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