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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Council connects the Friary with surplus COVID-19 food for vulnerable people

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Rushcliffe Borough Council has connected local charity the Friary with surplus COVID-19 food boxes which will now be distributed to vulnerable people using their services.

In April, the charity’s Chief Executive Ben Talbot safely collected over 40 parcels that were part of the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Hub network reaching out to those who were clinically vulnerable and shielding.

Now with some central government restrictions lifted, less individuals have opted to continue receiving food parcels.

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It means hundreds of items such as bread, pasta, cereals, tinned tomatoes, baked beans and long life milk can be now given out to those who visit the charity’s Musters Road base in West Bridgford.

The hub co-ordinated by Nottinghamshire County Council continues to assisting efforts across the Borough and wider Nottinghamshire with support available at https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/coronavirus/nottinghamshire-coronavirus-community-support-hub

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason met Ben and Resources Manager Charlotte Mayfield at a Rushcliffe based depot to hand over the items.

Cllr Mason said: “As shielding comes to an end for some individuals, we’re glad to be able to connect our colleagues at the Hub with the Friary and assist their efforts to reach out to other vulnerable people who will benefit from this food.

“It will continue to be provided to the charity until at least September to support the on-going need the charity has during the pandemic.

“Credit should be given to so many voluntary, charity and local authority efforts in the Borough in recent months who have gone to great lengths to ensure food and essential items have reached those in need.

“We were delighted to present flowers to many of them during National Volunteer Week earlier this year, highlighting their tireless efforts.”

Ben added: “We’re really pleased to be able to further support those who need our help at a time when our main support services are so affected by the pandemic.

“We thank all the local authorities for their assistance in being able to continue to play a role in helping local vulnerable people in this fashion.”