Aberdeen charity steps up to deliver food packages to at-risk people during coronavirus outbreak

The Press and Journal, by Adele Merson
24th March 2020

An Aberdeen food bank will take the reins in delivering food parcels to those individuals at high risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

It comes after the UK Government announced people with serious underlying health conditions must stay home for 12 weeks, including people respiratory conditions such as severe asthma.

Aberdeen-based social enterprise Cfine will be responsible for co-ordinating food deliveries in the city to those identified as most vulnerable who do not have family or friends to drop off supplies.

The charity is also already offering deliveries to those who use their food bank, which is due to close its doors at 4pm on Thursday.

Fiona Rae, deputy chief executive at the charity, said: “We are already receiving phone calls from individuals self-isolating regardless of whether they might need to use a food bank normally.

“They might have no one they can call on for food. The food will be left on the doorstep. That will go up a hundred gears from next week.”

The charity has already begun coordinating the logistics for delivering food across the north and north-east region, with more than 50 members of the public coming forward to volunteer.

Fiona said: “We have already got a database of volunteers using their own cars. We have got in place policies and procedures for coordinating that.

“The need for people coming together at the moment is hugely important. The public interest and help has been phenomenal.”

But the charity has enough volunteers now as they have to make sure they can organise the ones they have efficiently.