Food: Coronavirus

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that produce delivered to clinically extremely vulnerable people is healthy and nutritious.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Shielding packages contain a basic selection of food and other essential items. They are a standardised package designed to be suitable for the majority of people and deliver the nutritional requirements for one person for one week, as reviewed by nutritionists and key industry groups.

Because the packages are standardised, some of the products they contain may not be suitable for everyone. In such instances, we are encouraging people to contact their local authority or to supplement their food package with the necessary items by using the offer of priority access to online supermarket delivery slots for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

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