Coronavirus update: Foodbank support for disadvantaged people affected by the virus

People across East Durham are being reminded that help is available if they’re affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

East Durham Trust, which manages the area’s foodbanks, is urging anyone in financial difficulty to contact them about the help available.

The trust is currently looking at the extra support it will be able to offer to parents who will struggle  following the closure of schools, which was enforced by the Government from today (Friday), except for pupils and students of key workers.

The measures being considered include making packed lunches and food deliveries available to those families that are eligible for free school meals.

Chief Executive Malcolm Fellows said: “We have already seen a huge demand on our services as more and more people are required to self-isolate because of the spread of the coronavirus.

“Our priority is to help those people in poverty, or who are finding themselves in serious financial difficulty because of the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in.

“However, to do that we rely on the generosity of people in the area, so we could urge anyone who has surplus food supplies to think of us as we know there are many families who are struggling to eat.

“By working together, we can ensure that no one goes hungry because of circumstances they can do nothing about.”

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