Food Supply: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Simon Baynes Simon Baynes Conservative, Clwyd South

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken provide food and support to people identified by the NHS as the most vulnerable in society.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

On 22 March, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government asked clinically extremely vulnerable individuals to shield and announced steps to support them to stay at home.

To support these individuals, we are working closely with local authorities, the food industry, local resilience and emergency partners, and voluntary groups to ensure these individuals have both support and access to essential items such as groceries and medicines through deliveries and priority supermarket delivery slots, if they do not have alternative means of accessing these.

The system to deliver food packages is now up and running and capacity is building in line with current demand.

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