Hundreds helped in weeks

Our ground-breaking community hub projects designed to get vital food and essentials to the most vulnerable have now supported over 650 people in just four weeks.

Working with local councils and organisations, colleagues have been working around the clock to offer vital help to people self-isolating or unable to get the help they need.

The project has, so far, resulted in:
·   Over 300 parcels being delivered in Lichfield with help from Lichfield District Council
·   Over 250 supported by us and Stafford Borough Council
·   Link-ups with Derby City Council and Burton Albion Community Trust helping over 30 people

The project works by us linking up with our partner in that area and creating a community hub at a local store.

The partner then identifies vulnerable community members, gathers orders and passes them onto the store. Our colleagues then create a package and take payment from the customer over the phone before the local authority delivers the goods.

James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op, is managing the project.

He said: “It is amazing to think we have helped over 650 people in four weeks – it is a testament to the true co-operation on show between us and our partners.

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

Plans are currently in place to see the project rolled out to other areas in the coming weeks.

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