How to be a good citizen during Covid-19 lockdown
Written by our Board member, Simon Hoare, CEO of Acts Trust
Foodbanks and food support to vulnerable people
Thanks to Sian at Lincoln Active Faith Network
Lincoln Foodbank & Community Larder
Lincoln Foodbank and Community Larder and Lincoln Mosque are working together: Volunteers are needed for packing at the warehouse, helping at the distribution centres, and van drivers/delivery team, and for donations to meet increased need.
If you would like to volunteer, please visit https://bit.ly/foodcrisis-volunteer.
If you would like to donate financially, please visit: https://evr.fund/oevb/
To donate food and provisions to families in need:
Donation points are in most supermarkets and cooperative food stores in the City.
If you would like to deliver a bulk quantity of food or provisions, or your daily exercise takes you past these places, you can drop off at the following points, maintaining social distancing.
Bridge Community Hub, 107-115 Newark Road LN5 8NQ: Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays (10:00 – 12:00) or Tuesdays (15:30 – 17:30)
Lincoln Central Mosque, Dixon Street, LN6 7DA: Mondays 2-4pm
Moorland Park Methodist Church, 46 Skellingthorpe Road LN6 7RB: Tuesdays (13:00 – 15:00) or Thursdays (10:00 – 12:00)
Birchwood Life Church, 127 Birchwood Avenue LN6 0JE: Mondays to Fridays (09:00 – 12:00)
Central Methodist Church, 126 High St, Lincoln LN5 7PP: Thursdays 10.30am-1pm
St Giles Methodist Church, Addison Drive, LN2 4LH: Wednesdays from 10am – 12noon, and Fridays from 9.30am – 11.30am
St John the Baptist Parish Church Hall, Laughton Way, Lincoln LN2 2ES: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30.
YMCA Annex, Rosemary Lane Site (LN2 5AR): Tuesdays and Fridays (13:30 – 15:00)
St Mary’s Church Welton – Thursdays 1.30-3pm
If you need emergency food parcels, this service will help connect you to your nearest food bank, or arrange help for those self-isolating – call the City Hall helpline 01522 873461 / 873374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monks Abbey Primary School
Monks Abbey Primary School are supporting school families with food parcels.
Donations can be taken to the front office at the school on Monks Road, where staff will be available to receive them. Please maintain a 2 metre physical distance.
Special requests are for cereal, UHT milk and tinned food, but anything is gratefully received.
You can also contact the school on 01522 527705 between 8am and 4pm, and leave a voice message at other times.
We set up our own food bank for our vulnerable families in November with donations from staff and the local community – over the past few weeks we have been inundated with requests for food – the staff have been amazing at keeping it stocked up and sourcing donations – one of our TAs lives on RAF Waddington and they have donated 3 car loads of stocks. We are running low after the hand outs yesterday but we’ll keep sourcing donations and see what we can do to support our vulnerable families. We have a welfare team in each day who are ringing our vulnerable families to check that they are okay and this ensures that we are doing all we can during the lockdown.Mr Carver
Community Makes Community
Community Makes Community offer collection of your shopping/ prescription, using social distancing if you are unable to leave your home.
CMC regularly arrange events to collect food donations and provisions from outside your home for local Foodbank, if you are unable to get to a drop-off point.
Email email@example.com or call 07377 256612 for more information or to request a collection/ delivery
This project (run from Lincoln Baptist Church) has become more of a takeaway service for our Street People in Lincoln, due to the restrictions.
Lieutenant Huw Dutfield
The Salvation Army, Lincoln Corps
106 High Street, Lincoln LN5 7PY
07934 852 418 / 01522 512 709
Love your neighbour project
St Swithins have received funding to launch a Love your neighbour project. They are able to offer provision and delivery of food parcels, as well as phone befriending which will all be run by members of St Swithins Church. This will be able to complement other food and befriending provision on offer in the city. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of anyone who would beneﬁt or make the referral through their website www.stswithins.org
More help needed. Food in School Holidays Voucher scheme enables families who often struggle to feed their children when schools are closed to buy groceries from local shops and supermarkets. With the new levels of poverty our city will be facing due to Covid-19, we are recruiting more churches to take part in this project. Ideally, your Church will adopt a local school, raise the required funds for the vouchers, and deliver the project during the summer holidays. For more information: email@example.com
Food through Adversity: Age Concern & Salted Orange
Age Concern is working with Salted Orange to provide delivered meals to provide “Food through Adversity: 21 meals for £20” to people categorised as high risk or have mobility issues that make shopping very difficult.
They provide 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. To order or for more information, call: 03455 564144 or order from their website.
City of Lincoln Council
Lincoln Council have launched their new community help email address and phone number. They say: We have created a signposting service to support those who are vulnerable or self-isolating. The service aims to help connect vulnerable people to community support projects across the city such as food banks and food delivery services from local businesses. Anyone in need of information on where to get help can call the dedicated phone lines on 01522 873461/873374 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are offering support – or are part of a group that is helping people through Covid19 – please email details to email@example.com
- Name of group
- Location covered
- Support offered
- Support needed (if any)
- Contact details
- What safeguarding measures you have in place
Co-op is pairing food stores and pharmacies with local community groups supporting vulnerable people. Groups are offering to pick up shopping and/or prescriptions from co-op food stores and pharmacies. Members of the group will be given a pass to enable them to pick up essential groceries like milk, bread, butter, pasta, toilet roll and paracetamol from food stores (subject to availability)and prescriptions and medical supplies from pharmacies.
Details of your local group and how to contact them for help here.
Pensioners Co-op Voucher Scheme: Do you know any pensioners who are unable to access money for food? You can refer someone to this scheme by calling the City of Lincoln Council. They will be able to receive help from volunteers in their local area who will use Co-op vouchers to purchase their shopping list. Call the City of Lincoln helpline 01522 873461/873374, or if you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sainsbury’s have launched a new initiative, to allow you, if you are self-isolating and find it hard to get out, to nominate a volunteer to do your shopping for you.
You can buy a Sainsbury’s E-gift card online and put as much money on it as you want. You can then nominate a volunteer on the card, and it will be sent to them to do your shopping for you. The new Volunteer E-Gift card has been introduced to make grocery shopping safe and easy for people self-isolating or social distancing. The E-Gift card is cashless, thereby protecting both the helper and store colleagues. If you would like to try this scheme, go to: sainsburysgiftcard.co.uk
Good food to Lincoln’s key workers
Paul Catlow and Saera Ahmad of the Castle Hotel, a small independent family run Hotel and Restaurant in Lincoln, and have started an initiative to provide meals to the NHS.
The idea is so that NHS staff can eat a decent meal whilst on shift or take it home after a long stressful shift.
The initiative is currently being funded by ourselves; and we will be providing meals on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday but are interested in hearing from other businesses so they can offer the service seven days a week. Read more here…Saera Ahmad, Castle Hotel
You can donate at:
Or if you are a restaurant wanting to get involved, please contact: email@example.com
Food delivery & takeaway
Several organisations have compiled lists that have quickly gone out of date, so we have created a page of local food businesses offering takeaway or delivery services. We aim to keep this page live until the end of the Covid threat, so please keep us posted for updates.
Food Standards Agency Food safety for community cooking and food banks
Community Websites such as nextdoor.co.uk have an increasing number of offers close to you, for cooking meals and food shopping for those of you who are not able to get out and about. Individual qualified cooks and chefs have offered their services through this site as well.
Lincolnshire County Council has a Resilience Forum’s Communities and Volunteer Coordination Cell which gathers information on local activity, rather than mobilises directly. If you are aware of community activity, or if you need help, contact them: (01522) 787034 or email CEC_CVC@lincoln.fire-uk.org.
The Voluntary Engagement Team in Lincolnshire are wanting all third sector organisations to complete a survey to see what impact Covid-19 has had on them financially and operationally. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MYKT2MC All responses will be treated in confidence and not directly attributed without prior agreement. This needs completing by 16th April. Any questions or queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Feed the Nation
The food sector is suffering from a shortage of workers – and a call is going out to the unemployed, redundant, students and those looking for work to help feed the nation. More information about how to get involved from Greater Lincolnshire LEP
General advice coming from a variety of these sources in relation to Covid-19 and food is:
- Do not put yourself at risk in any way
- Don’t panic buy
- Pace yourself
Please do tell us your Covid-19 news via our social media or our email address: email@example.com
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