Taxi drivers are distributing emergency food parcels for the town’s most vulnerable households around Bristol.
Yesterday, a distribution of crisis goods provided by the central government was received at the City Hall of Bristal prior to being packaged into specific packages by Bristol City Council staff and aides and supplied by area taxi operators.
The council called more than 3200 individuals who are being protected, those in danger of severe disease if they get coronavirus, and found that 53 individuals had no support or food.
They quickly mobilised volunteers who had enrolled on the council’s Can Do Bristol Site to get in and pack crisis food packages.
“Protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities from the threat of the coronavirus outbreak is the responsibility of everyone. Working in partnership with central Government and local volunteers we are doing all we can to shield the most at-risk people though making sure they have food and support. The preparation and distribution of these food packages has been a collaboration between government, the council, local volunteers, and taxi drivers and provides the perfect example of how by working together we can help those who need it most,” says Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.
Andy Parker, a Climate Change expert at the University of Bristol, volunteered his assistance through the Can Do site and was among the participant packing food packages at City Hall.
“This is an unprecedented crisis and like so many other people I want lend a hand. I would absolutely encourage other people to volunteer. It’s a real chance to do something positive,” he stated.
“The council have made sure everything is sterile and provided gloves, so all volunteers and the people we are helping will be safe.”
After a call for aides to assist in the coronavirus epidemic, almost 3000 individuals registered on the volunteering site of the council, Can Do Bristol. From the crew, 75 individuals stated said they were ready to assist package meals on Saturday.
Also, The Council is working with regional teams, as well as St Mungo’s and Julian Trust, to shelter homeless individuals and other exposed groups in the settlement that enables them to self-isolate in the crisis, and also get the food, relief and the medications they require.
Protection is a standard being utilized in the epidemic to shield individuals who are clinically very exposed of severe illness so must limit intercommunication with others.
These people have been encouraged to remain at home throughout and desist from any face-to-face connection for a duration of not less than 12 weeks.