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Food provision during COVID-19 in the Maldon District

Published on Monday, 18th May 2020

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Find out how you can get support for food provision in the Maldon District during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The impact of the Coronavirus has significantly affected the food system and people’s lifestyles, which may have threatened the ability of many residents across the District to access or afford food.

Recent data from the Food Foundation shows that within the first three weeks of the UK COVID-19 lockdown, more than three million people reported going hungry, and this is notable in families.

Support such as pet care, local information, telephone befriending, digital support or prescription collection is also available by calling the Maldon District Community Coronavirus Line (01621 851997) – 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

Cllr Bryan Harker, Chairman of the Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee and Livewell member, said; “There is a wide network of support for food provision for Maldon District residents to ensure that no resident goes hungry. To ensure that these options are clearly advertised and highlighted, Maldon District Council has produced a summary leaflet ‘Food Options during COVID-19 Maldon District’ which we hope residents will find useful. No one should go hungry and it is wonderful to see organisations from all sectors come together for this important initiative and put the community in the heart of this planning”.

The leaflet demonstrates a real collaborative and community wide effort, with funding received from Essex County Council for hot meal provision at the Prince of Wales Pub, to the coordination, make up and distribution of emergency food parcels from the Maldon and District CVS, Maldon Churches Together and the Salvation Army with generous donations and support from local supermarkets.

This has been organised alongside the Maldon Food Pantry and Dengie Food Pantry, who remain open, under social distancing guidelines, and continue to receive much welcomed food donations from residents. Plus, there are a range of fantastic and generous efforts from local residents and groups throughout the community to provide food to those in need.

With the threat of food insecurity prevailing throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and school holidays being a time of potential high need for families, Maldon District Council, Active Essex, Essex Children and Family Wellbeing Service, and Essex County Council want to support families throughout the school holidays, to prevent holiday hunger and encourage healthy behaviours such as eating well and keeping physically active.

Maldon District Council and our partners are interested to hear what holiday support residents want and need and are asking families to fill out a short survey to detail this, accessible via:

Social media #EatWellAtHome, #livewell.