Central Bedfordshire Council support during Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown Image by Philip Steury AdobeStock_332281171.jpg

Emergency food parcels and medicine delivery

Central Bedfordshire Council is working with local groups and individuals to help residents in need during the COVID-19 lockdown.

These may be people who are unable to leave the house, perhaps because they are elderly and live on their own, are pregnant, self-isolating, shielding, or have a disability or mental health issues.

The council can provide emergency food parcels and medicine delivery for those in urgent need. Voluntary organisations across the area are also providing longer term support.

Cllr James Jamieson, leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“This is the biggest health emergency of our lifetime, and the most important thing we can all do is to stick to the guidance about staying at home.

“If we give up on this now, all the benefits of the past three weeks will be lost. It’s a bit like a course of medicine which we really need to complete before things get better!

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers and community workers who are looking out for others and supporting those who need some help.

“From the safety of home everyone can help our communities by remembering those who may be isolated and vulnerable, and giving them a call just to check they are okay.

“If you are worried about anyone, please get in touch with us, either online or via our dedicated helpline.”

The Council is also appealing to the business community to offer support to the effort to provide food parcels to vulnerable residents.

Any local companies who are able to contribute either surplus food stocks or packaging for the parcels (boxes, bags and bottles) are urged to get in touch.

The council’s helpline 0300 300 8900 is open 7 days a week. Its opening hours are:

Monday – Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Weekends 9am-4pm

Also, more information and advice can be found at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidhelp.