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Coronavirus and changes to how we’re operating – 19th March 2020

19th March 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in the UK, our main priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who comes to our food bank whether it’s someone needing help, someone volunteering their time, or someone making a donation.

 

Things are changing quickly, so we’ll keep this page updated regularly with information about what’s happening at Vauxhall Foodbank and how people can access support and help us be there for people in crisis.

 

We’re still supporting people with emergency food and will do for as long as is possible. At present our food bank is open at the usual opening times, Wednesdays and Saturdays 11:30am-1:30pm.

 

If you are needing to use the food bank, we want you to stay as safe as possible when visiting us. We also want to keep our volunteers safe and well. For this reason, we will be changing the way we operate, following Government & NHS advice. From now on we’ll be providing pre-prepared bags of food in exchange for the food bank referral voucher you’ve been given by the agency who’s referred you.

 

This means:

  • Food parcels will be pre-packed. This means we won’t be able to swap any items in your pre-packed food parcel. The only exception will be for vegetarians and those with dietary requirements.
  • We’ll ask you to wash your hands upon arrival, keep distant from any other guests at the food bank and sit at a separate table. We will bring your bags to you as quickly as possible.
  • We will not be serving snacks and drinks.
  • Food supplies may become in short supply and food parcels may not look the same as they used to – please bear with us.

 

Please be confident that we will continue to do all we can to support you during this time!

 

In the meantime, we need our local community to continue donating vital food supplies. While we haven’t run out of all donation, there are certain items we’re running low on. Your support is vital at this time, so if you’re considering donating, we’re particularly in need of:

  • UHT milk
  • Tinned meat
  • Rice pudding
  • Sponge pudding
  • Toilet roll!

You can donate food or make a financial donation by clicking here.

 

You can find out more about the Trussell Trust network’s response to coronavirus here and you can follow us on Twitter @VauxhalF to stay up to date.

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