Government planners are preparing to ask some of the 2.5 million people who joined community groups set up to help people self-isolate coronavirus to start providing emergency food aid in a matter of days.
Whitehall and council planners want to capitalize on the enthusiasm of 2,700 grassroots groups that have formed in streets, villages and cities across the UK since the crisis began under the umbrella of mutual aid Covid-19.
Ian Hudspeth, president of the Local Government Association Welfare Council and Oxfordshire County Council Leader, said that volunteers will be asked to help provide basic food and hygiene supplies to extremely vulnerable people, up to 1.5 million of which the government ordered to stay home for 12 weeks.
Councils, supermarkets, members of the armed forces and community volunteers will be trained in a supply chain to deliver parcels to citizens whom the NHS has said to go on blockade for three months due to their basic medical conditions. You will be asked to register online and request food and other supplies only if there are no family members or friends who might otherwise help.
“It will be days instead of weeks for the first package,” said Hudspeth. “It’s important to make sure it happens as quickly as possible. If people don’t respond [about whether they need a parcel], will be chased. “
He said early deliveries would contain the same basic product range, but that people would later be able to select from a menu of items to reduce waste.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed that it was working with “the food industry, local government, local partners for resilience and emergency and voluntary groups to ensure that essential items can start to be delivered as soon as possible to those who need it. “