Support with Covid-19

We know these are unprecedented times and we’re all having to deal with new and often worrying situations.  Some of us are self-isolating, some have lost jobs, or lost work.  Key workers are struggling to get to shops and community groups have shut down leaving even more people vulnerable and isolated.

However, Greenwich is an incredible borough with lots of support available for these strange times.

 

Food Boxes

If you are struggling to get food, either for financial reasons or because you’re self-isolating, and you have no other network of support to provide food, then there is help available.

Food parcels are available and can be delivered to your door, following all social distancing measures.

Choose from a meat or vegetarian option, which both last 2 weeks for a single person, or 1 week for a couple or young family, and cost £38. If you are struggling financially, there are options for a subsidised box.

Call the Community Hub on 0800 470 4831 and speak to a friendly advisor to find out more, or visit the Community Hub web page. 

 

Emergency Support Scheme

If you are struggling to eat due to financial reasons, but are physically well enough to go shopping, please phone 020 8921 3333, Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm to talk to someone who can help and could refer you to the Emergency Support Scheme.

You can also visit the Benefits and hardship section of the Royal Greenwich website for more information.  

 

Good Food in Greenwich

For recipes and tips on delicious, nutritious meals to keep your strength and spirits up during this time, visit our recipes page.

 

Keep moving

It’s not just eating well during this time that’s important, but staying active too! Doing some form of physical activity every day will not only improve your physical health, but also does wonders for your mental health too.  See our top tips for some very simple activities you can do at home, and in a chair.

You can also visit Live Well Greenwich for more information, tips and support.

 

Key Workers

All local supermarkets have priority opening hours for our key workers in the borough.

Key workers who are based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital can get fruit and veg from the stall there, with some extra products at a reasonable cost, Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm.

IKEA is open Monday – Friday, 8am until 4pm for key workers and elderly.  They have their usual range of Swedish food, along with frozen bread, milk, tins of tomatoes, beans, butter, and instant porridge.

See a full list of local supermarkets with priority times for key workers.

 

Free School Meals

All young people entitled to free school meals will still be able to get these over the school holidays. You can still apply for these via the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

You can also call 020 8921 3333, Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm, to talk to someone who can help.  

 

Breastfeeding

Although we can’t meet face-to-face, if you are breastfeeding, there is still support available:

– Telephone contact is available for all antenatal, 6 to 8 week and 1 and 2 year developmental reviews.

– Greenwich Health Visitor health advice sessions and Greenwich Breastfeeding Groups have been suspended until further notice.

If you would like to speak to a Health Visitor please contact the Greenwich Health Visiting Service on 020 8836 8621, available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

 

Healthy Start

Healthy Start gives you and your family the best start in life. Get free vouchers to spend on milk, fruit, veg and infant formula every week, worth £3.10 for children aged 1-4, and two vouchers (£6.20) for babies under 1. Free vitamins for mum and children.

In Greenwich, all pregnant women also receive free vitamins at their first  appointment with their midwife, to help you both stay strong and healthy.

You can use your vouchers at local shops, supermarkets and pharmacies to buy cow’s milk, fresh and frozen fruit and veg and infant formula milk. You can also use your vouchers at Woolwich Market. Look out for the Healthy Start sticker in shop windows or ask inside.

Fill in an application form online or available from your local Children’s Centre, midwifery or health visiting team. You can also download a copy on Live Well Greenwich or get a copy sent to you by email.

Once you’re on the scheme you’ll start receiving vouchers regularly so the sooner you can apply the better.

 

Volunteers

Much of this incredible work would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers.

If you have volunteered to provide help through the council’s emergency volunteering scheme, please look out for opportunities to help with food distribution or other activities in the database. E-mail peta.cubberley@royalgreenwich.gov.uk for more information.

To volunteer to support the broader Covid-19 response, visit the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Licensing

If you are a local food business who is adapting your business model during Covid-19, please be aware of potential licensing requirements that need to be considered.

For broader business support during this time, please contact GCDA to see if they can help on info@gcda.org.uk

 

Environmental Health

If you are a food business within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, providing food for any aspects of the Covid-19 Community food response, please contact the Environmental Health team by emailing health@royalgreenwich.gov.uk with the subject “Community Food Response”.  They are there to help and support you continue to provide food that is safe for the vulnerable groups you’re working with.