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COVID-19: Food Box Scheme and Food Banks

As more people become affected by COVID-19, lots of local organisations are offering help and support for their local communties.

Food Box Scheme

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a new weekly service to deliver food boxes to the most vulnerable in society during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The boxes are to be delivered directly to the door of:

  • vulnerable people who have been notified to shield by their GPs and who cannot afford food and do not have access to local support networks
  • those who are not shielding, but are in critical need of food. This means those who cannot leave their homes and who have no other means of accessing food, through for example, their families or friends and other means such as online food delivery, or who are in severe financial hardship related to this crisis.   
If you are in one of the above categories, to receive a food box, you can call or email Advice NI:

T: 0808 802 0020 (Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week)

The Council is supporting the distribution of food books via this referral process.
When we receive a referral, a member of our dedicated staff team will make contact by phone with the person who has been referred, and then contact the relevant community or volunteer group to organise the collection and delivery of food boxes.
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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