Covid-19 National Good Practice

Through our partners nationally in Sustainable Food Cities, here are some of the things that are going on, some of which could be tried in Lincoln.

Because ‘food’ is not a clearly defined local authority portfolio everywhere, most of our Food Partners are still researching possibilities for orchestrated provision.

Bradford

  • Food collection and distribution points set up at Neighbourhood Hubs.
  • Plans to open school kitchens for children’s lunches.

Brighton and Hove

B&H has an orchestrated plan:

Cambridge

A spreadsheet documenting all City actions that it comes across: www.cambridgesustainablefood.org

Malden

  • Salvation Army to act as food collection points.
  • Local taxi firms have agreed to deliver takeaways.

Manchester

Trying to set up an online credit facility for families in receipt of FSM

Preston

City Council is funding a free delivery service for food banks and
community cafes to supply those on their ‘books’, and has set up a donations
service.

Shropshire

Supermarket vouchers are being bought and given to children on
free school meals (FSM), through schools. Main problems: hand sanitiser for
those involved in a direct delivery; lack of volunteers through self-isolation.

We’ll keep you updated with ‘best practice’ nationally, through our social
media.

Some Covid-19 food responses in Lincoln City

How to be a good citizen during Covid-19 lockdown

Good Citizen Guide

Read this useful and practical guide specific to Lincoln

Written by our Board member, Simon Hoare, CEO of Acts Trust

Foodbanks and food support to vulnerable people

Lincoln Foodbank and Community Larder and Lincoln Mosque are working together: Volunteers are needed for packing at the warehouse, helping at the distribution centres, and van drivers/delivery team, and for donations to meet increased need.

To volunteer, please visit  https://bit.ly/foodcrisis-volunteer.

To donate financially, please visit:  Lincoln Foodbank or Lincoln Community Larder

To donate food and provisions to families in need:

If you would like to deliver a bulk quantity of food or provisions, or your daily exercise takes you past these places, you can drop off at the following points, maintaining social distancing.

Donation points are in most supermarkets and cooperative food stores in the City.

Bridge Community Hub, 107-115 Newark Road LN5 8NQ: Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays (10:00 – 12:00) or Tuesdays (15:30 – 17:30)

Moorland Park Methodist Church, 46 Skellingthorpe Road LN6 7RB: Tuesdays (13:00 – 15:00) or Thursdays (10:00 – 12:00)

Birchwood Life Church, 127 Birchwood Avenue LN6 0JE: Mondays to Fridays (09:00 – 12:00)

Central Methodist Church, 126 High St, Lincoln LN5 7PP: Thursdays 10.30am-1pm 

Any queries, contact Lincoln Food Bank on 01522 542166 or amy@lincolnfoodbank.org.uk for help.

St Giles Methodist Church, Addison Drive, LN2 4LH: Wednesdays from 10am – 12noon, and Fridays from 9.30am – 11.30am

St John the Baptist Parish Church Hall, Laughton Way, Lincoln LN2 2ES: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30. 

YMCA Annex, Rosemary Lane Site (LN2 5AR): Tuesdays and Fridays (13:30 – 15:00)

St Mary’s Church Welton – Thursdays 1.30-3pm

Any queries, contact lincolncommunitylarder@hotmail.co.uk for help

Lincoln Central Mosque, Dixon Street, LN6 7DA: Mondays 2-4pm

Any queries, contact admin@lincolncentralmosque.org.uk for help.

If you need emergency food parcels, this service will help connect you to your nearest food bank, or arrange help for those self-isolating – call the City Hall helpline 01522 873461 / 873374 or email communityhelp@lincoln.gov.uk

Monks Abbey Primary School

Monks Abbey Primary School are supporting school families with food parcels.

Donations can be taken to the front office at the school on Monks Road, where staff will be available to receive them. Please maintain a 2 metre physical distance.

Special requests are for cereal, UHT milk and tinned food, but anything is gratefully received.

You can also contact the school on 01522 527705 between 8am and 4pm, and leave a voice message at other times.

Monks Abbey logo

We set up our own food bank for our vulnerable families in November with donations from staff and the local community – over the past few weeks we have been inundated with requests for food – the staff have been amazing at keeping it stocked up and sourcing donations – one of our TAs lives on RAF Waddington and they have donated 3 car loads of stocks. We are running low after the hand outs yesterday but we’ll keep sourcing donations and see what we can do to support our vulnerable families. We have a welfare team in each day who are ringing our vulnerable families to check that they are okay and this ensures that we are doing all we can during the lockdown.

Mr Carver

Community Makes Community

Community Makes Community offer collection of your shopping/ prescription, using social distancing if you are unable to leave your home.

CMC regularly arrange events to collect food donations and provisions from outside your home for local Foodbank, if you are unable to get to a drop-off point. 

Email communitymakescommunity@gmail.com or call 07377 256612 for more information or to request a collection/ delivery

Lift project

This project (run from Lincoln Baptist Church) has become more of a takeaway service for our Street People in Lincoln, due to the restrictions.

Please contact Pete Crosby, Community coordinator at Lincoln Baptist Church: pete@lincolnbaptist.co.uk or find out more about their work here: facebook.com/LIFTforLINCOLN

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Lincoln are providing food to homeless people. For more information, please contact:

Lieutenant Huw Dutfield 
The Salvation Army, Lincoln Corps
106 High Street, Lincoln LN5 7PY
07934 852 418 / 01522 512 709

huw.dutfield@salvationarmy.org.uk

Love your neighbour project

St Swithins have received funding to launch a Love your neighbour project. They are able to offer provision and delivery of food parcels, as well as phone befriending which will all be run by members of St Swithins Church. This will be able to complement other food and befriending provision on offer in the city. Please contact gethelp@stswithins.org.uk if you know of anyone who would benefit or make the referral through their website www.stswithins.org 

FiSH project

More help needed. Food in School Holidays Voucher scheme enables families who often struggle to feed their children when schools are closed to buy groceries from local shops and supermarkets. With the new levels of poverty our city will be facing due to Covid-19, we are recruiting more churches to take part in this project. Ideally, your Church will adopt a local school, raise the required funds for the vouchers, and deliver the project during the summer holidays. For more information: fish@bridgechurchlincoln.co.uk

Mint Lane

Mint Lane has now closed completely for the time being, for staff safety.

In the meantime, give them some appreciation for all their amazing work on facebook.com/mintlanecafe/

Food through Adversity: Age Concern & Salted Orange

Age Concern is working with Salted Orange to provide delivered meals to provide “Food through Adversity: 21 meals for £20” to people categorised as high risk or have mobility issues that make shopping very difficult.

They provide 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. To order or for more information, call: 03455 564144 or order from their website.

City of Lincoln Council

city of Lincoln logo

Lincoln Council have launched their new community help email address and phone number. They say: We have created a signposting service to support those who are vulnerable or self-isolating. The service aims to help connect vulnerable people to community support projects across the city such as food banks and food delivery services from local businesses. Anyone in need of information on where to get help can call the dedicated phone lines on 01522 873461/873374 or communityhelp@lincoln.gov.uk

If you are offering support – or are part of a group that is helping people through Covid19 – please email details to kate.bell@lincoln.gov.uk

  • Name of group
  • Location covered
  • Support offered
  • Support needed (if any)
  • Contact details
  • What safeguarding measures you have in place

Lincolnshire Co-op

Lincolnshire Co-op

Co-op is pairing food stores and pharmacies with local community groups supporting vulnerable people. Groups are offering to pick up shopping and/or prescriptions from co-op food stores and pharmacies. Members of the group will be given a pass to enable them to pick up essential groceries like milk, bread, butter, pasta, toilet roll and paracetamol from food stores (subject to availability)and prescriptions and medical supplies from pharmacies.

Details of your local group and how to contact them for help here.

Pensioners Co-op Voucher Scheme: Do you know any pensioners who are unable to access money for food? You can refer someone to this scheme by calling the City of Lincoln Council. They will be able to receive help from volunteers in their local area who will use Co-op vouchers to purchase their shopping list.  Call the City of Lincoln helpline 01522 873461/873374, or if you would like more information, please email oap@bridgechurchlincoln.co.uk

Sainsburys

Sainsbury’s have launched a new initiative, to allow you, if you are self-isolating and find it hard to get out, to nominate a volunteer to do your shopping for you.

You can buy a Sainsbury’s E-gift card online and put as much money on it as you want. You can then nominate a volunteer on the card, and it will be sent to them to do your shopping for you. The new Volunteer E-Gift card has been introduced to make grocery shopping safe and easy for people self-isolating or social distancing. The E-Gift card is cashless, thereby protecting both the helper and store colleagues. If you would like to try this scheme, go to: sainsburysgiftcard.co.uk

Good food to Lincoln’s key workers

Paul Catlow and Saera Ahmad of the Castle Hotel, a small independent family run Hotel and Restaurant in Lincoln, and have started an initiative to provide meals to the NHS.

The idea is so that NHS staff can eat a decent meal whilst on shift or take it home after a long stressful shift.

The initiative is currently being funded by ourselves; and we will be providing meals on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday but are interested in hearing from other businesses so they can offer the service seven days a week. Read more here

Saera Ahmad, Castle Hotel

You can donate at:

gofundme.com/f/feed-nhs-lincoln-workers

Or if you are a restaurant wanting to get involved, please contact: info@castlehotel.net

Food delivery & takeaway

Several organisations have compiled lists that have quickly gone out of date, so we have created a page of local food businesses offering takeaway or delivery services. We aim to keep this page live until the end of the Covid threat, so please keep us posted for updates.

Useful resources

Safety guidelines on running a farmers market, from Growing Communities

Delivering food or groceries to other people? Keep them safe

Food Standards Agency Food safety for community cooking and food banks

Useful guidance for food businesses, foodbanks and community cooking, bulk freezing and food delivery, compiled by Fareshare Cymru

And more…

Community Websites such as nextdoor.co.uk have an increasing number of offers close to you, for cooking meals and food shopping for those of you who are not able to get out and about. Individual qualified cooks and chefs have offered their services through this site as well. 

Lincolnshire County Council has a Resilience Forum’s Communities and Volunteer Coordination Cell which gathers information on local activity, rather than mobilises directly. If you are aware of community activity, or if you need help, contact them: (01522) 787034 or email CEC_CVC@lincoln.fire-uk.org.

The Voluntary Engagement Team in Lincolnshire are wanting all third sector organisations to complete a survey to see what impact Covid-19 has had on them financially and operationally.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MYKT2MC All responses will be treated in confidence and not directly attributed without prior agreement. This needs completing by 16th April. Any questions or queries, please email: ivan.annibal@roseregeneration.co.uk 

Please see latest government guidance for self isolating (staying at home if you think you or someone in your household has got coronavirus) and social distancing (how everyone can help).

Help Feed the Nation

Greater Lincolnshire LEP logo

The food sector is suffering from a shortage of workers – and a call is going out to the unemployed, redundant, students and those looking for work to help feed the nation. More information about how to get involved from Greater Lincolnshire LEP

General advice coming from a variety of these sources in relation to Covid-19 and food is: 

  • Do not put yourself at risk in any way 
  • Don’t panic buy 
  • Pace yourself 

Please do tell us your Covid-19 news via our social media or our email address: lincolnfoodpartnership@gmail.com 

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Head Teacher Wins National Food Hero Award

Jason O’Rourke, Head Teacher at Washingborough Academy and a Board Member of the LFP, has won the Caroline Walker Trust Food Hero of the Year Award for his inspirational leadership in food education.

He beat off strong competition from Nutrition Scotland, Street Cube, Fruit and Veg Kids (all national organisations) and Plymouth Soup Run.

It was such an honour to be awarded the Caroline Walker Trust ‘Food Hero of The Year’ award in recognition of the Food Education work that we have developed at Washingborough Academy and also with the TastEd charity.

Schools can have such a positive impact on children’s relationship with food and I would hope that this award inspires more schools to include Food Education into their curriculum.”

The Award was presented in London by Anka Johnston, Chair of CWT and Professor Tim Lang, its President.

Caroline Walker was a British nutritionist, writer, author and campaigner for better food, who died from cancer aged 38. After her death, the Caroline Walker Trust was established with a mission to “improve public health by means of good food”.

Big Lottery Grant Awarded to the Lincoln Food Partnership

We have been lucky enough at the LFP to have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Community Fund.

This funding is to assist in coordinating the activities of the LFP over the coming year.

It will help us make better progress in our four main projects – developing a central Food Hub for the City to redistribute surplus food to those in food poverty; the Feeding Tariff which is to develop renewable energy projects, the income from which will support growing projects and the food banks; working to secure the future of Mint Lane and its ‘friendship’ waste food café; and Nourishing Lincoln which has a number of proposals to improve people’s understanding of food in the City.

We will also be working to increase our membership and improve our marketing so that more people in the City can enjoy fairer, healthier and greener food. So a big thank you to the Big Lottery!

Find out more about the work we are already doing

Lincs Van Hire donates van to Lincoln Food Bank

The Lincoln Food Bank (Trussell Trust) received a most welcome surprise Christmas present this year. Lincs Van Hire very generously presented them with a new delivery van and are going to maintain it free on a five year lease.

“I think we all take for granted being able to cook a meal when there are people out there that can’t do that.”

Matthew Broadbent, managing director at Lincs Van Hire

Simon Hoare

Simon Hoare, chief Executive for Acts Trust which manages Lincoln Foodbank said: “To have a van of this quality is a real boost to the team. It means their own work environment is really good. It’s a bigger van. It’s efficient, and for the City, it’s a great service.”

Even more incredibly, when the van was delivered, it had hundreds of pounds worth of food in the back! This is a great boost for the Food Bank as their existing van – used both to pick up and distribute food to those in food poverty – was on its last wheels.

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