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Coronavirus: Council and Co-op Midcounties work togther to support 10,000 vulnerable residents

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Shropshire Council and Co-op Midcounties have come together to raise awareness of a free home delivery service, designed to ensure 10,000 vulnerable people across the county continue to receive essential food supplies throughout the pandemic.

Co-op Midcounties launched its free home delivery service at the start of lockdown to ensure that those unable to leave their homes, including the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, would still be able to receive essential food supplies.

The scheme has now delivered thousands of food shops, and Shropshire Council is calling on vulnerable people in the county to make the most of this service, as it recognises Co-op Midcounties as a key partner in supporting communities through the crisis.

Those who could benefit from the scheme are being asked to contact their local Co-op Midcounties food store by phone, and the in-store team will arrange for shopping to be delivered straight to their door by one of its trusted volunteers.

Co-op Midcounties has so far partnered with more than 60 local volunteering groups and over 700 volunteers close to its food stores to provide home delivery services for vulnerable people in communities.

Safe social distancing is maintained at all times, with shopping deliveries left on the doorstep.

Phil Ponsonby, Chief Executive of Co-op Midcounties, said:

“Supporting our communities and members is at the heart of what we do, and always will be.

“We want to do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable, which means helping them to continue to stay at home and stay safe.

“Our home delivery service has helped so many people across our communities so far, and we’re beyond grateful for the volunteers who continue to help us do that. We also know that there are many more people who could benefit from the scheme so, please, if we can help you, or anyone you know, get in touch with your local store now.”


Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, added:-

“I am delighted that Shropshire Council is working with a range of partners to ensure that people are able to source the food and supplies they need at this difficult time.

“The Co-op are offering a great service, as are other food shops, in order to support people where they live. Shropshire Council wants to continue this really positive way of working with our communities and our businesses going forward. We’re really keen for people to know that they can be part of this initiative through volunteering with the Co-op. Also, we want to remind people to get in touch with the council if they are struggling at this time. Our dedicated COVID-19 Helpline number is 0345 678 9028.

To speak to someone about the home delivery service, contact your local Co-op Midcounties store, or call 0800 435 902.

To find your local Co-op food store please visit: https://www.midcounties.coop/stores/

For advice and information relating to coronavirus in Shropshire visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

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