Food boxes for people in the constituency
Shielding from the virus
In Wales the Chief Medical Officer has asked people who are identified as being vulnerable to the virus to stay at home, and shield, for 12 weeks.
For people in this group who are not able to call on help from family members, friends or neighbours while they are shielding, they will receive support, including a free weekly food box.
The Welsh Government has worked very closely with local authorities to get this scheme up and running and the Welsh Government has made £15m available for the direct delivery food scheme.
The food boxes, which people request from their local authority, contain essential foods in packages and tins and will provide food for one person who is shielding for one week. They will be delivered weekly directly to people’s doors. If there are two eligible people shielding in the house, there will be two boxes.
The Welsh Government has no control over the delivery arrangements of supermarkets. These services are known to be facing a large demand for their services at this time.
The food box delivery service will therefore help ensure a supply of food for those who have no other support available.
Caerphilly – for people over 70 people and/or with a underlying health condition with no family / friend support there is a community response team. Their number is 01443 811490. They can help with shopping and getting prescriptions etc as well.
Merthyr Tydfil – if you are named as a person advised to be shielding the Council should contact you directly for a discussion about your needs. For other vulnerable people needing help with prescriptions or shopping then you can contact Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil .( 07580 866547 – please leave a message if no immediate response)