We have rolled out yet another of our ground-breaking schemes to get food and essentials to members of the local community.
Following our first community hubs opening just weeks ago in Lichfield, followed by Stafford, Burton and Derby, we have now joined forces too with Blaby District Council.
We have linked up with council workers to create a community hub at our Whetstone Food Store.
Blaby District Council will identify vulnerable community members, gather orders and pass them onto our store. Colleagues will then create a package and take payment from the customer over the phone before the council delivers the goods.
The launch of this project comes after the scheme was successfully trialled in Lichfield, Stafford, Derby and Burton. It has already helped deliver over 650 parcels in just four weeks.
The rollout of the project in Leicestershire is part of a plan to create similar projects based out of our community hub stores across the 16 counties we trade in and even farther afield on a national scale.
Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive of Central England Co-op, said: “Co-operation is key to our communities coming together during this uncertain time and this is why we have linked up with Blaby District Council to launch this pioneering scheme during this uncertain time.
“This unique project will see the council contact vulnerable people in the community and work with us to deliver food and essentials to them.
“This is a great example of communities and organisations coming together at a time of need and creating a solution that will make a difference.
“Our schemes in Lichfield, Stafford, Derby and Burton have been and continue to be a great success. This is why we have now been able to launch in Leicestershire with our great partners Blaby District Council to help more people in the local area.
“We have further plans in place to rapidly roll this out across other locations to make sure we support as many people as we can in the coming weeks.”
Councillor Sharon Coe, Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services Portfolio Holder at the district council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Central England Co-op. Our priority is to support the vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak and this arrangement will ensure that we can quickly get food to those desperately in need during these difficult times”