Updated 24 June 2020
A network of community hubs were set up across the UK to deliver food and essentials to people with serious medical conditions who were told to remain indoors for the past 12 weeks due to the threat of coronavirus.
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.
Please see important information on changes to food box deliveries
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 Friday 26 June are advised to call the COVID-19 Community Helpline on 0808 802 0020, text ACTION to 81025, or email email@example.com to be matched to the right local help that best meets their needs.
The department in conjunction with its community partners will signpost people to other ways in which they can access food including:
• Priority online shopping deliveries for those shielding with the large supermarkets
• Delivery services from a range of local shops
• Volunteers to assist with delivering shopping
• Local support through voluntary and community sector organisations
This has been community and voluntarily-led, with hubs in community centres across the Borough.
A number of projects have been supported in Antrim, Crumlin & Newtownabbey and services such as food bank distribution points have been established at Greystone Community Centre from 24th March.
The Department for Communities website provides the latest information about COVID-19 and DfC services. It will be updated regularly with the latest information, so you should check this page for advice on Benefits and other public services. For more information visit www.communities-ni.gov.uk/
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