Food parcels containing provisions for one week continue to be delivered to some of the most vulnerable people in Erewash.
Just over 70 food boxes in total have now been taken to residents in the borough who are registered as being isolated and medically vulnerable, at the highest risk from coronavirus.
Erewash Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens Service is delivering the parcels every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the number of people receiving the boxes on a weekly basis is expected to increase significantly over the coming weeks.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“Our delivery of the food parcels has worked smoothly and efficiently from day one and we know those receiving their weekly provisions are extremely grateful for this lifeline. Our team at the Merlin Way base in Ilkeston get the parcels out as soon as we receive them and the residents are called to reassure them and let them know we are on our way.”
The government scheme to provide weekly food parcels is being co-ordinated by Derbyshire County Council, which is distributing parcels to the borough and district councils to deliver to targeted residents.
The parcels are for those who are shielding for medical reasons and who have registered with the DWP that they need help. Anyone who feels they need help can make a request via www.derbyshire.gov.uk/gethelp or Derbyshire County Council’s community response unit helpline 01629 535091 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm. Phone lines may be busy so please be patient.
PHOTO: Erewash Borough Council Neighbourhood Warden Olivia preparing to unload foodboxes and deliver them to local residents.