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    A scheme run by Stafford Borough Council and Central England Co-op has delivered around 300 food parcels to residents.

    The ground-breaking project sees the borough council identify vulnerable people and work with the retailer to create and deliver vital food packages out of its community hub based at the Wildwood store.

    The scheme has also been rolled out by Central England Co-op in Lichfield, Derby and Burton.

    Stafford Borough Council Leader Patrick Farrington said: “Our partnership with Central England Co-op is proving to be a vital lifeline for many in our community. 

     “It is a completely new venture which is proving to be very successful. When you hear residents say our work is ‘life saving’ – you feel very humble indeed.

    “Thank you to all who get this up and running so quickly and to those who are helping out with the ordering and deliveries of food to vulnerable and isolating residents in the borough.”

    James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op, is managing the project for the retailer.

    He said: “It is amazing to think we have helped so many people in four weeks – it is a testament to the true co-operation on show between us and the council.

    “The feedback has been fantastic and really showcases the impact the project is having and will continue to have in the coming weeks.”

    The retailer linked up with council workers to create a community hub at its Wildwood Food Store, in Cannock Road. The borough council identify vulnerable community members, gather orders and pass them onto the store. Central England Co-op colleagues then create a package and take payment from the customer over the phone before the local authority delivers the goods.

    The council will not ask for any bank details on the phone. 

    To find out more, visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/Coronavirus

    Press Release No 5633

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