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.
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 email@example.com
Local Food Banks
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.