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Coronavirus (COVID-19) food and safety advice for community food share schemes

The guidance below outlines how to safely provide food provisions and deliver to vulnerable people in the community.

Community centres

Community Centre (including places of worship) can be open for the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people.

Volunteers are allowed to obtain food for vulnerable persons. You are allowed to travel for the purposes of providing voluntary and charitable services.

Hot and cold meals

You can provide hot or cold food for consumption off the premises. You must be registered as a Food Business. If you are not Registered (or want to check if you are) contact publicprotection@southlakeland.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can call 01539 733 333 and ask to speak a member of the food safety team.

Food Share Schemes

To protect the community and volunteers from catching Coronavirus (COVID-19) follow the guidance provided by GOV.UK: guidance for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

If collection involves queuing you must ensure distances of 2 metres are maintained between all people. You should provide signage and some form of marking to help people keep 2 metres from each other.

Volunteers: how to protect yourself and others

Do not work if you have any symptoms or a member of your household has any symptoms.

GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) stay at home guidance

You must follow the Governments guidance on social distancing

If collection involves queuing you must ensure distances of 2 metres are maintained between all people. You should provide signage and some form of marking to help people keep 2 metres from each other.

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