Volunteers from across Haringey are helping to deliver food parcels to residents as the borough unites amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Food packages have been delivered to more than 800 households in a week, by Haringey Council and the Voluntary and Community Sector, from major hubs at Alexandra Palace and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As part of Haringey Together, more than 50 council staff volunteers have been working in partnership with a further 50 volunteers from organisations such as Edible London to assemble food packs and deliver them to the most vulnerable residents in the borough.
The council is also redeploying some of its Civil Enforcement Officers to help with the food packages.
The teams are following strict health and safety protocols while working in line with government guidelines on COVID-19. Staff are required to be two metres apart and to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times – PPE is disposed of at the end of each day to avoid cross contamination.
Due to government rules on social distancing and non-essential travel, the council is not asking for donations from individuals, but is welcoming contributions from businesses or VCS organisations, particularly dry and tinned foods and essential household items such as sanitary and cleaning products.
If you are a business able to support with immediate donations please contact email@example.com to arrange a pick up.
Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, said:
I’m inspired by the generosity of our community, who have stepped up so quickly to help. We have staff and volunteers on the ground working tirelessly at our two food redistribution centres, Alexandra Palace and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, alongside our voluntary sector partners, such as Edible London. By working together we’re ensuring food can get to hundreds of households who need it most. With even more volunteers, we hope we’ll be able to support thousands, so please do get in touch if you can help.
Edible London founder, Sunny Karagozlu, said:
Edible London have been doing this for two and a half years, but the amount of beneficiaries has now increased vastly. Now we’ve joined forces with Haringey Council and are able to reach loads more people. This is Haringey showing teamwork makes the dream work. Big love to everyone.
If you are an individual able to offer short or longer term support to some of the most vulnerable people in the borough, please visit https://www.haringey.gov.uk/covid-19/i-want-help or https://www.haringeygiving.org.uk/
During the pandemic our Connected Communities scheme is also offering help and advice to anyone who may need support, whether you’re worried about childcare, benefits, housing, or just feeling isolated.
More than 450 people have signed up to help through Connected Communities during the outbreak.
If you need support or information, visit the free ‘Haringey Connected’ mobile app, which is available in app stores, or call Connected Communities at 020 8489 4431. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm. For more information on available support visit: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/covid-19/i-want-helpHaringey Giving has set up a dedicated coronavirus appeal. You can donate at: https://www.haringeygiving.org.uk/. There is also an Amazon Wishlist of the products that people are in need of that we are struggling to source. You can find it here.