Large scale food distribution hub ready to support borough's most vulnerable amid coronavirus crisis.
A large scale hub is delivering food and other supplies to thousands of Enfield residents as part of the borough’s response to tackling coronavirus. The hub is also co-ordinating pharmacy pick ups where these are required.
The Enfield Stands Together Supply Centre in Lincoln Road, Enfield, will support the borough’s most vulnerable people who don’t have family or neighbours that can help them. They will have either registered for assistance through the Council‘s Enfield Stands Together campaign, or have been identified as extremely vulnerable by the NHS.
Staffed by more 40 Council workers and supported by a dedicated call centre, manned by a further 40 people, the centre is housed in two warehouses in Enfield with more than 14,000 sq feet of space.
The centre is supported by the free school meals service – which has ensured that children who would normally receive a free school meal continue to do so – despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “This hub will get vital food and pharmaceutical supplies to our most vulnerable residents at a time they are critically needed. We have mobilised the whole of the Council’s resources to protect residents and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure people from our borough get the support and assistance they need during this incredibly difficult time.
”Our site is very near to the Felix Project – one of our fantastic local charities that sources and distributes food on a daily basis - and they will be working with us to get food to the people who desperately need it. I’d also like to thank the businesses in the borough who have donated supplies and the hundreds of local people who have come together to volunteer to help us protect out borough’s most vulnerable residents.
“This project is a wonderful example of how Enfield Stands Together when times get tough, to show compassion and support for those people who need help the most. Once again this borough has risen to the challenge and I am proud of the way we are tackling the challenge posed by COVID-19.”
You can find out more about the Enfield Stands Together project at www.enfield.gov.uk/est
The dedicated call centre is prioritising support for residents who are unable to rely on family or trusted friends for adequate practical support, people fulfilling the following criteria can ring the centre on 020 3821 1966 to receive support.
Are you alone?
Do you need food?
Do you need any household cleaning products?
Do you need a prescription collected?
Do you need your electricity key topped up?
Would you like to receive a personal phone call to discuss your concerns?
Residents can register as extremely vulnerable under the government’s scheme here.
You can see the Cllr Caliskan's video on the Supply Centre here.