Thousands of free food hampers and hot meals provided to COVID-19 families in crisis

Date: 17/11/2020
Author: Michelle Ewen
Company: Compassion in Action

A leading local charity has provided almost 3,500 free food hampers and hot meals to people in Greater Manchester who have been impacted by Coronavirus over the last quarter.

Families in isolation, NHS staff, the elderly and vulnerable adults within the community who have been referred to Leigh-based Compassion in Action (CIA) have either received the equivalent of a full week’s shop or a hot meal delivered direct to their door.

Each hamper contains food, toiletries and other household essentials – including cleaning products, washing powder and toilet rolls.

“The most vulnerable members of our society already struggle to meet their basic needs during these challenging times of austerity,” said Pam Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer of CIA.

“More than ever, we need to show unity in the community to meet the needs of people in crisis during this pandemic. We are hugely grateful to all our valued partners who have been working closely with us to ensure that every referral has been met and delivered throughout the Tier 3 restrictions and during both national lockdowns.”

The free hamper and hot meal service has been active since 17 March and deliveries have been made to more than 18,000 households so far.

CIA’s delivery team are operating in line with Government health and safety guidelines, which includes wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“I have been hugely encouraged to hear about individuals and whole streets in Wigan and Leigh who are rallying round to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours,” added Pam. “This is community activism at its best and, to them, I say a heartfelt: “Thank you”.

‘The Government have been very clear that the supply chain is working well and there is enough food to go around for everyone. With the festive season approaching however, we are calling upon the local community to please be kind and do not stockpile. Take only what you need and consider sharing what you have so nobody is forgotten or left behind. Let us unite together in our separation.”

For further information on how to support CIA’s COVID-19 emergency response work, telephone 01942 418830.