3,500th food parcel delivered in Brent

30 April 2020

woman packing tins into rows of boxes

In just four weeks, 3,500 doorstep deliveries of food and essential supplies have been made to those most at risk from COVID-19 and who are self-isolating.

Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre has been transformed into a fully operational Hub, delivering much-needed supplies to the most vulnerable. The boxes contain essential items like pasta, cereal, fruit, tea bags and toilet rolls.

Pickers, packers, delivery drivers, administrators, and an army of callers have been drawn from across the council, bringing skills from their normal day jobs to provide this vital service.

The parcels are going to people the Government has identified as needing to be 'shielded', as well as those who have come forward to ask for help. Stations have been carefully set up in the sports hall so that social distancing can be observed at all times, and the boxes are prepared under strict hygiene conditions.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: 

"It's not been an easy task, finding new suppliers for these everyday items and setting up a brand new team at a brand new site.

"But these food parcels have been a lifeline for so many, and seeing the numbers of boxes that have already gone out to so many Brent residents who may otherwise have had to go without food, it makes me incredibly proud of all the work we have done and the vital support that is in place.

"Help is here for anyone who needs it. If you're struggling and need extra help, I urge you to call 020 8937 1234."

If you need extra help or support during this difficult time, please check our website for up-to-date information about the available support and how to get in touch. Or call 020 8937 1234, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

a birds eye view of the box-packing operation, with masked workers packing boxes of food in a sports hall