People in the North-east at highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus will begin to receive home deliveries of essential groceries today (Friday, 3rd April).
Letters from the Scottish Government have been issued this week to those who are at greatest risk from the virus, to offer guidance on shielding from infection and information about the support available, which includes access to home deliveries through a text message service.
Locals who have already signed up to the service have been texted with the option of starting their weekly deliveries of essential food items including soup, pasta, rice, fruit, vegetables, tea, coffee and biscuits, as well as toiletries such as shower gel and toilet roll.
Those in the high risk group who have received a letter but do not have access to a mobile phone will be able to register for deliveries through Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub on 0808 196 3384.
Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said
The community spirit shown here in Aberdeenshire East and across the North-east over the last few weeks has been absolutely amazing. I have been blown away by the number of people who have gotten in touch wanting to make a difference in their community. Many are already helping isolating neighbours by collecting shopping and medicines and running errands. It’s great to see.
It is vital that as the spread of this virus continues we ensure those who are most at risk have access to the support they need when they need it.
I would encourage any constituent who receives a letter from the Scottish Government, and requires support, to sign up to the service immediately to make sure they are fully stocked with essential items.
We have to prioritise those most in need, and by continuing to work together we can ensure everyone in our community remains safe.