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COVID-19: Food Box Scheme and Food Banks

Food Box Scheme

The Department for Communities (DfC) introduced a weekly service to deliver food boxes to the most vulnerable in society during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council is supporting the service by distributing food books.

**The Department for Communities (DfC) has announced that the food box distribution scheme for people who are shielding is to be extended until 31 July 2020. Those not shielding who are currently receiving a food parcel will continue to receive a box until 26 June**.
Anyone who has previously registered their need for a food box through the COVID-19 Community Helpline will automatically continue to receive a food box until that date. In Mid Ulster, this relates to some 600 people.
Anyone shielding who has not previously registered should contact the helpline now to register.
Those not shielding and who still need help to access food beyond June 26 are being advised by the Department to contact helpline to allow them to be matched to the right local help that best meets their needs.
The Council continues to support our 10 local food banks in their work to help those who are in critical need of food.

If you are in one of the above categories, you can call or email Advice NI:
T: 0808 802 0020 (Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week)

Priority online shopping slots
If you have been advised to shield by a medical professional and have no other support  to help with shopping, you can register for a priority online slot with Asda, Iceland, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Your details will be shared with the Health and Social Care Board who will check you are on the shielding list before your name is passed to the 4 supermarkets. Supermarkets will contact you directly to offer a priority slot.

Due to high demand for this service, there is no guarantee that you will be offered a slot.

Register for Priority Online Shopping.

For further information about the scheme, visit Department for Communities Food Box Scheme.

Food Banks

You'll find a list of local food banks below - and if you'd like to add your organisation's details, please let us know by emailing

Local Food Banks

Food bank




Antioch Store house Foodbank​
55 Molesworth Street, Cookstown BT80 8NX

Pastor Obahor

07912 363933 028 8676 9066    

Bann Valley Community Group

Donard McCann

07803 667107

Energy Mind and Body HQ

Aaron McGonigle

07790 109398

Fivemiletown Coronavirus Response Group

Iain Lendrum

07866 511961


For You and Me You and Them
5/6 Feeneys Lane, Dungannon

Glena McDowell-Khan 


Facebook @For You

Maghera Cross Community Link

Heather Boyd

07759 964550

Maghera Foodbank

Heather Boyd                              

07759 964550

Magherafelt Foodbank

Jenny Thompson 

07393 451504

Magherafelt Women's Group

Emma Forde

07745 651234

SVP Cookstown


028 8676 9400

SVP Dungannon   

Daragh Shiels

028 8772 7323     

SVP Magherafelt 


028 7930 0819
07738 837952

SVP Maghera                             

Danny Bradley

07752 111032


The Hub Cookstown

Carol Doey

028 86763398
/ 07513 393048 (Out of Hours)

Vineyard Church Dungannon – Reach Foodbank 

Sharon Cummings

028 8775 2133
Visit website for more info

Please note that these services are intended to support the most vulnerable in our community, including those who are at risk or self-isolating. If you are able to do your own shopping, please do so, observing the latest advice about the frequency of your shopping and the need to maintain social-distancing.

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