A food distribution network to support Edinburgh’s most vulnerable citizens is set to be rolled out thanks to a unique partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, third sector organisation EVOC and the wider community and voluntary sector.
The plans will see over 3,000 emergency food parcels delivered across the first fortnight to people who are having difficulty accessing food as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Further roll out will take place following this, based on demand.
The partnership, created from the Capital’s £1.65m share of the Scottish Government Food Fund, will see the Council identify those most in need for the food and essential items with EVOC responsible for the distribution.
The network will follow Scottish Government guidelines on eligibility which includes:
- low income households
- families with children eligible for free school meals
- older people
- those with long-term health conditions
If you know someone who is in need please use the national helpline 0800 028 2816 and I can assure you support is there for you. If you are a local community organisation delivering food not already part of this amazing network, please contact EVOC on firstname.lastname@example.org.”