Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2020

Our emergency support project, delivering food to residents with no one else to turn to, has hit a mammoth milestone. 

Throughout lockdown we’ve been providing additional support to Medway’s most vulnerable residents - those identified by the NHS in the high risk group and most affected by social distancing guidelines, and who do not have any family, friends or neighbours able to support them.

The emergency support services includes a food parcel delivery, a personal shopper service and someone to collect medicines or prescriptions. We wouldn’t have been able to offer all of this if it weren’t for the teams of voluntary organisations, private companies and public sector employees working together. 

We have now delivered 100,000 meals!

Each food parcel can provide a household with enough supplies for three meals a day for a week. The parcels include basic essential items, such as cereal, tinned food, vegetables and rice, as well as other general household products. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this and provide such a vital lifeline – including Medway Foodbank, which is part of the UK-wide Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.

'Proud of the partnership working'

Aeilish Geldenhuys, Head of Public Health Programmes at Medway Council, said: “I am pleased we have been able to provide a staggering amount of meals through our food parcels to residents living across Medway who have been shielding and have had no one else to turn to. Although it has been challenging work establishing a new service to support residents during the pandemic, like so many services across the council, we rose to the challenge. 

“It has been extremely rewarding to provide such a vital lifeline to our residents and I am very proud of the partnership working that has allowed us to help so many vulnerable families, with not just food supplies but befriending services and accessing prescriptions. Our Public Health teams have also worked alongside colleagues in the leisure team and between us we have been able to support so many more residents to access food through home shopping services.”

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