Uckfield Coronavirus outreach box service back in action

People needing to access food while isolating because of Covid-19 can once again turn to the town’s Coronavirus outreach box service.

Volunteers filling boxes for delivery to those in need while self-isolating. Photo: Uckfield Coronavirus Outreach Box Service taken in April.

The scheme ran through the lockdown but was wound down as cases dropped dramatically.

However, with the numbers in Uckfield on the rise, the volunteers have swung back into action.

Karen Bedwell, who is one of the volunteers leading he project, said the scheme was for anyone who is elderly, vulnerable, isolating, unable to access immediate food supplies or needing extra support with food while school age children are isolating at home.

Volunteers

Food boxes will be delivered by volunteers and people will be signposted to appropriate agencies if longer-term help is required. 

“It is anticipated that this service will continue over the next few months as it will be a long winter for many,” she commented.

The Coronavirus service will continue to cost £9 for a box of basic essentials including bread milk eggs, fresh fruit and veg, tinned meat, cereals and other items.

Meals for children

Volunteers are also helping to plug the gap left by the Government decision not to make free school meal (FSM) vouchers available during the schools’ half-term holiday.

A lunchbox can be supplied. 

Mrs Bedwell said another factor was the increase in Covid positive cases at Uckfield College meaning “children are increasingly being sent home to isolate for 14 days which puts a strain on household incomes” having to supply increased amounts of food.

Donations

The Outreach lunchbox is heavily subsidised by donations to a crowd funding page.

A box will cost £5 and provides one child with a minimum of five lunches and some extras. 

These are currently available for daily delivery but from Saturday (October 31) will be available for delivery twice weekly on a Sunday and a Wednesday.

Food is not donated for this outreach service – it is purchased. This is a non-profit making community venture.

Contact Uckfield Coronavirus Outreach service by visiting their Facebook page or emailing: uckfieldcvvolunteers@gmail.com 

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