Are others using food vouchers? What difficulties have you come across?
One contact we spoke with yesterday said that because of the difficulties in using food vouchers, they were distributing fuel vouchers to vulnerable residents instead. They were easier to use and easier for them to manage. And by paying for the resident’s fuel, the logic was that they would have more money to spend on food.
We are using Foodbanks at the moment, some have brought in digital vouchers for others we are using up the vouchers we already had in our possession. Some of our Foodbanks in West London are struggling and I believe Ealing is closed at the moment. We are currently investigating Love2shop e-vouchers which can be purchased in house and then emailed to the customer who would either print it out or show the digital barcode on their phones in store. They only have ASDA and Tesco at the moment but it’s a possible option.
Vulnerable people in self isolation can register with the recommended .gov site which I believe helps arrange priority deliveries of essentials via the supermarkets.
We also wanted to check out if the Morrisons next day food boxes could be purchased on behalf of our customers but I believe its quite a wait to speak to them at the moment.