COVID-19 – Novel food shopping delivery options
Wholesale food providers Brakes & Bidfood are apparently teaming up with the government with plans to provide food boxes to vulnerable clients in the coming weeks. Details of the scheme are yet to be released but you can read more information HERE. Make sure vulnerable clients have signed up on the government’s Coronavirus Extremely Vulnerable Person List in order to be eligible.
Also, following my previous blog post on “Vulnerable clients, food shortages & online deliveries,” one of my readers got in touch to say that several commercial foodservice distributors are currently accepting orders from domestic clients during the Coronavirus situation (thank you to John Davis of Sinton’s Law for the great tip!) While this may not be the ideal option for everyone, as some of their containers will be very large or you will need to buy certain items by the case, it is another creative option to consider. Most foodservice companies are offering a delivery service but a few are offering click & collect.
This isn’t an exhaustive list but here are the companies I’ve been able to find so far:
Tyne & Wear – Tyneside Food Service is delivering to domestic clients.
Manchester – Birtwistles Butchers are now selling direct to the public
West Midlands – MKG foods is delivering to domestic clients.
Oxfordshire & Devon – Savona Food Service is delivering to domestic customers and offers click & collect from their locations in Oxford and Ilfracombe.
Suffolk & nationwide – Thomas Ridley is offering nationwide deliveries using a courier service and is offering click & collect from their site in Suffolk.
Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, West Sussex and Surrey – Harvest Fine Foods is delivering to domestic clients.
London – Woods Foodservice is delivering to domestic clients.
London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex – Urban Foodservice is delivering to domestic clients.
Also, don’t forget that many smaller local shops are willing to deliver as well, so be sure to contact stores which may be just up the road from you!
If you have any other creative ideas on how to ensure that everyone has access to food in the safest way possible during this challenging time, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.