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Coronavirus: Food and medicine deliveries in North Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Food and medicine deliveries in North Yorkshire

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 5:09pm 27th March 2020. (Updated at 5:11pm 27th March 2020)

Councils in North Yorkshire have started delivering food and medical supplies to people in self-isolation.

  • Food and medical supplies are being delivered to people in self-isolation.
  • North Yorkshire County Council is leading the operation. 
  • The Council is working with district councils and community groups to support those who can't leave home. 

North Yorkshire County Council is spearheading the huge logistical challenge of coordinating the region’s community response to the coronavirus crisis - which has forced thousands of vulnerable residents to stay at home for the next 12 weeks. 

And whilst most people are allowed outside for “essential” journeys only – the authority is working with district councils and 23 community groups to deliver food and medical supplies to those who cannot risk leaving their homes.

Council leader Carl Les said:

“We have a massive task ahead of us and we do not underestimate the challenges or the complexities of what we face.

“These are unprecedented times for all of us and so it is critical that we do even more to pull together in the right way to get through this crisis.

“We want to make it clear that people first and foremost should turn to family, neighbours and friends for help with things like getting in groceries or collecting medication or in delivering a hot meal.

“If this network is not available to them we would then ask them to make contact with church organisations, clubs, voluntary sector organisations they are supported by or societies they belong to.

“But North Yorkshire is known for its great spirit of generosity so that for those with no immediate network of support, we are working with district council colleagues and selected community organisations to deliver that support in their local area.”

The Community Support Organisations will collect and deliver shopping, as well as medical prescriptions.

They are also offering to care for pets and deliver books and magazines, or any materials to support hobbies like knitting or painting.