Wakefield Council supplies food to vulnerable people in the district

06/04/2020, PR-9371

Wakefield Council is distributing hundreds of food parcels to support vulnerable people in the district.

Wakefield city centre

At the start of the Coronavirus crisis the Council set aside £20,000 to support those in need, by using its membership of the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO), to secure non-perishable groceries.

Over the weekend 25 council workers and volunteers distributed food parcels directly to 320 people who are self-isolating because of a health condition and have been advised not to leave their homes, to shop or exercise because of the risk to their health. Later this week, an additional 400 people will receive food parcels from the service.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “This is a fantastic effort, thanks to everyone who stepped in and is helping people in our district who are vulnerable and need our support.

“It is great to see people pulling together to help and making a difference to others at this time of national crisis.”

The Council was supported by Makro, Costco and Lidl which enabled the team to shop for the food, to make up parcels that included tinned fish, fruit and vegetables, toilet roll, milk powder, pasta, tea and cereals and fresh fruit.

The Council is also continuing to work with Nova Wakefield District and partners across the voluntary sector to support families and individuals.

There are opportunities for anyone who is fit, well and able to offer an amount of time, large or small, to helping others People are asked to view current opportunities and register their interest at volunteerwakefield.org or search #WakefieldCares on social media.

Anyone worried about themselves or someone else, who does not have an existing support network of friends, family or neighbours can call the Council's dedicated phone line 0345 8 506 506 between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Choose option 3 to make a request for support and help will be arranged.