Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Brian Tierney has welcomed news from the Department for Communities that its COVID-19 Food Parcel Service is to be extended for those who are medically shielding and have no other access to food.
Yesterday, the Department announced that the £6.3m emergency service, that was set up in April in partnership with local councils and voluntary and community organisations to support those who are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis, would be extended.
Mayor Tierney said this was welcome news, particularly for vulnerable members of the local community who are shielding and have no access to food through online shopping, family, friends or local support networks.
He said: “I am pleased that this service has been extended. It is important that we do all we can to support the vulnerable members of our community across the Council area. I would like to acknowledge the role played by Advice NI in managing the COVID-19 Community Helpline and say a huge thank you to the Council staff and those working within the community and voluntary sector in assisting with the distribution of this vital resource.”
The Department has advised that those people who are shielding and have previously registered their need for a food box through the COVID-19 Community Helpline will automatically continue to receive a food box until 31 July.
They have also advised that anyone shielding who has not previously registered through the COVID-19 Community Helpline should contact the helpline now to register. This will enable them to talk to their local health trust and facilitate continued delivery of a food box until 31 July.
Those not shielding and who still need help to access food beyond June 26 are advised to call the COVID-19 Community Helpline on 0808 802 0020, text ACTION to 81025, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be matched to the right local help that best meets their needs.