Sourcing food and essential supplies if you or a family member is highly vulnerable

Posted on: 27th March 2020

We know that many people who live in high-risk households are worried about how they can source food and other essential supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First of all, make sure you have read the latest Government advice:

Government guidance

Other tips and ideas:

  • If you have family or friends who live locally to you, ask them to help by shopping for you or picking up prescriptions.
  • Online food delivery services are under huge pressure, but many supermarkets are prioritising vulnerable individuals, and several chains are looking to increase their capacity to specifically target high-risk households.
  • Try searching online for “coronavirus food support” and your location e.g. “coronavirus food support Portsmouth” to find out about specific services in your local area.
  • Check for updates and advice from your council or local authority – they may have set up help and support options that are reserved for vulnerable individuals
  • There are some fantastic initiatives all across the country where local people are setting up schemes to help others in their community. Many areas have Coronavirus Mutual Aid groups set up who may be able to help: visit for the latest list of groups.

Remember to continue to protect yourself by following all shielding advice at all times, including when anything is delivered to your house.