Wirral Emergency Food Hub
WIRRAL COVID-19 RESPONSE
WIRRAL EMERGENCY FOOD HUB
Wirral Council and community food providers have come together to make sure vulnerable residents don’t go hungry during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Please check if you are eligible for free school meals support. Find out more here.
Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral, Wirral Foodbank and other third sector food providers, are coordinating efforts and centralising their bulk food collection and distribution operations at a new Emergency Food Hub, managed by Wirral Council.
Residents experiencing difficulties in accessing food can visit www.wirral.gov.uk/foodhelp to submit their details online using a simple form or call the Wirral Coronavirus Helpline (0151 666 5050, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Residents should be encouraged or supported to use the online referral form wherever possible.
Residents are also encouraged to visit www.wirralinfobank.co.uk for details of shopping and delivery services provided by community groups in their local area. The Infobank has an easy-to-use search facility which shows what help is available, simply by inserting a postcode. The Infobank also has a list of social supermarkets in Wirral.
Wirral children who normally get free school meals will receive vouchers to cover the cost of food as part of a partnership between the Council and local schools. This arrangement will be in place until the Government rolls out its intended national scheme to support children on free school meals. To further ease the pressure on families, the council will also provide the vouchers to eligible children though the Easter holidays. For more information on this
Residents requiring financial assistance can continue to apply online for
There are two ways residents can be supported by the food network:
- Delivery of food hampers direct to their home;
- Being issued with a digital or physical gift card for a specified supermarket which can be exchanged for food at a local supermarket.
The following are eligible for food hamper delivery:
- Vulnerable residents who have been advised by NHS England to shield themselves for 12 weeks (government guidance available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidanceon-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-onshielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 );
- Residents who are at risk because they are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition;
- Residents / households in self-isolation as a result of coronavirus symptoms and who have no other means of getting food delivered (e.g. by a family member or via supermarket or other delivery services).
The following are eligible to receive a gift card for use in a local supermarket:
- Those not in vulnerable or at risk groups and/or who are not self-isolating but who are unable to buy food as a result of financial hardship. There may be some individuals in this category who may require a delivery for a specific reason and they therefore may be eligible for a food hamper.
Voucher amounts will be as follows:
£30 single person
£70 1 child in household
£80 2 children in household
£90 3 children in household
£100 4 or more children in household
Claremount Church Social Supermarket
They get fresh deliveries every Thursday. Produce is half of the price of what you would pay in the local supermarket. They also have surplus stock from Morrisons which is given out for free.
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