Food deliveries being packaged up at the Boley Park community hub

More than 300 people in Lichfield and Burntwood have now been helped through the coronavirus crisis by a community hub.

The initiative was set up by Lichfield District Council and Central England Co-op to support those who were self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The project sees the local authority identify vulnerable people, before working with the city-based retailer to create and deliver food packages from the Boley Park store.

In the four weeks it has been running, the scheme has so far helped 318 people and will be rolled out to other areas.

James Knight, member and community relations officer for Central England Co-op, said:

“It is amazing to think we have helped over 300 people in four weeks – it is a testament to the true co-operation on show between us and the council.

“The feedback has been fantastic and really showcases the impact the project is having and will continue to have in the coming weeks.”

James Knight, Central England Co-op

Anyone who needs the support of the service can call 0333 220 3088 from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for communities and housing, said:

“We’re really proud to be a part of the emergency shopping service with Central England Co-op.

“It’s been wonderful to see all the thank you messages coming in. They show just how vital this initiative is proving and how grateful everyone is.

“We don’t want anyone who is self-isolating to worry about how they are going to get their shopping, so please do call us if you need our help.”

Cllr Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council

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2 Comments

  1. This is very impressive. Great to see the community “spirit” is alive and well in Lichfield. This is the reason why we will get through this and things will be better afterwards.

  2. Many thanks to Lichfield DC and Boley Park Co op for organising the ordering and distribution of our goods, for which my Wife and myself in our late 70s and self isolating have taken advantage of, also a big thanks for the people that delivered the order, all very simple to order and pay for over the phone with a card.
    Which set me thinking when I watch the news and see lots of food parcels Etc. being given away free of charge, its all very noble but who is paying for all this food, I understand from a previous comment in Lichfield Live
    I quote
    “The goods are paid for using the Covid-19 funds that Staffordshire County Council has been allocated from central Government.”
    Is their anything I have missed as the vulnerable who are some I am pleased to see, are having parcels delivered, but have they had their income stopped and all other people having food parcels suely are able to contribute to the cost of these parcels!!!
    Just A Thought

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