Coronavirus - Impact on Food Banks

Food Banks have been classified as an emergeny service, and we will continue to supply food to visitors.

However, in order to keep everyone safe, we need to comply with the Social Distancing rules, and you will see a more streamlined method in operation with restricted access to the building. 

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Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + Project

Letter to all our visitors from our Patron, Janet Daby MP, Member of Parliament for Lewisham East.

Dear Visitor

As you know wdcfplus continues to run as an emergency food service in the light of the outbreak of Coronavirus, also known as COVID 19. It is run by volunteers and several churches based in our area, all of whom have a sincere commitment to support people in food poverty.

On 30 January 2Janet Daby 3020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of this new virus a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). Based on current evidence, the main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a high temperature and in severe cases, shortness of breath.  Being a new virus, the lack of immunity in the population (and the absence as yet of an effective vaccine) means that it has the potential to spread extensively. If you have these symptoms you must self-isolate, stay at home and call 111 for advice.

Since the 24th March, there are more than 8,077 officially confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with many more self- isolating and awaiting to be tested and diagnosed. Therefore, this number is likely to be significantly higher. Sadly, 422 patients who had tested positive have died. My sympathies go out to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, as well as all individuals who have tested positive for Coronavirus.

It is because of this that I urge you to follow the directives as set by the Government. Everyone must now stay at home to halt the spread of this virus. You can leave home to go to the shops for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, for any medical needs or for travelling to and from work (but only where it is necessary).

Like me, I am sure you welcome these new rules as it is about keeping people safe and saving lives. I ask you to regularly wash your hands and to avoid all social contact. Please don’t use public transport unless you absolutely need to and stay 2 metres away from anyone who is outside of your usual household. Please follow these rules as they are there to protect you and to prevent any unnecessary deaths.

Thank you for your cooperation in these unprecedented and challenging times.

Janet Daby MP
Member of Parliament for Lewisham East
Patron of the Whitefoot & Downham Community Food + Project