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