The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone’s lives, some more than others, and has affected how people access food, food businesses and their employees. Below are a range of resources available to those across the city needing support during this difficult and challenging time. Many organisations are having to adapt their services during this time, please contact organisations directly for the most up to date information.
The City of Edinburgh Council
The Council is providing up to date information and advice on their services via a dedicated Coronavirus COVID-19 web page. This includes information on:
- The delivery of essential food parcels to vulnerable people in the city;
- Fortnightly payments for those families in receipt of free school meals and clothing grants;
- Support for business.
Support for those most at risk and hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak will be prioritised in all circumstances.
If you’re experiencing an emergency or critical situation please phone 0131 200 2000.
If you have received a letter from Scottish Government about shielding and need help with food or medicines, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 200 2388
Accessing Affordable Food
Other organisations in the city cooking and distributing food include:
- Food for Good Coalition who are cooking and distributing meals via a number of partner organisations, as well as local drop-offs with community organisers and emergency door-to-door deliveries They are collecting donations of surplus food. Please check out their website for further information.
- Edinburgh Food Project lists operating food banks in the city. Contact Citizens Advice for advice and referrals. They are operating online and have a telephone helpline between 09:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday 0131 510 5510.
- Edinburgh Community Food – offer city-wide home deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard items. Providing food drop offs within communities. Contact 0131 467 7326.
Support for Businesses
Advice and support for food businesses is available on the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus advice for businesses in Scotland web page, the Council’s website and Scotland Food & Drink’s website, who have a Coronavirus information hub and are providing daily updates. Support for Scottish businesses can also be found on their business support summary, which is regularly updated.
Advice & Support
- Nourish Scotland – Community responses to coronavirus: a guide for good practice.
- A comprehensive list of available grants relating specifically to the coronavirus crisis can be found here. The list is being updated when new information is available so check back regularly.
- EVOC have a COVID-19 Community Support Directory and map listing local groups/projects who are offering support during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This directory can be can be used to help connect people with the support and services they need and bring groups and organisations together.
- Food Standards Scotland advice on Coronavirus and food.
- If you’re looking for volunteers contact Coronavirus Edinburgh Volunteers or sign up to become a volunteer here.
- Best Start food card is a prepaid card that you can use to buy healthy foods for children under 3. You can use the card in shops and online. Details of how to use the card or how to apply can be found here.