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Food Shopping/Food Banks

Elderly and Vulnerable Priority Shopping Hours during the Corona Virus Pandemic:

Sainsburys – Thursday – the first hour of opening

Tesco - Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 10am Except for express stores

Asda - Friday from store opening until 9am

M & S -  Monday and Thursday, the first hour of opening

Iceland - The first hour of opening everyday

Morrisons - Monday to Saturday 9am – 10am - Have you heard of the Morrisons Food Boxes?If you are in isolation and need to get some essentials, click on the link for more info -


Waitrose - The first hour of opening everyday

Aldi  - No concessions at present – however are closing earlier 8pm to re stock shop and items limited to 4 items of each only per person.

Lidl – No concessions for elderly and vulnerable at present

Taxicard Covid-19 Changes (all information below has come from https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/02-april-2020/covid-19-%E2%80%93-taxicard-changes)

In light of the current situation with the outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus), we have made changes to the London Taxicard scheme to support Taxicard members.You can now use you Taxicard for:

  • Taxicard drivers to pick up and deliver essential supplies for you; and 
  • Allow friends and family to travel on your behalf using your Taxicard for the same purpose

How this works:

  • Make a booking advising you want a collection of pre-bought items from a supermarket, pharmacy or takeaway etc
  • Make a booking advising you want a nominated person to use a taxi on your behalf to purchase or collect essential items on your behalf
  • All collections have to pre-paid and an order number provided (if applicable) at the time of booking
  • You will be given a cost of the journey and you will have to pay your contribution at time of booking using a debit or credit card 

Some supermarkets are imposing strict rules around social distancing and limiting the amount of people in store at one time, you will need to book two journeys if someone is doing a shop on your behalf. In these circumstances the driver will not wait while someone shops, and a return journey will have to be booked once the shopping has been completed. To make a booking call CityFleet on 020 7763 5001

Shopping for Carers

Gareth Howells, Carers Trust CEO, has written to the big four supermarkets, to ask them to include unpaid carers in protected shopping times and for online deliveries. We are in regular contact with NHS England and DHSC and will bring this issue to their attention. We will keep you updated on progress.Some Carers Centres are issuing Carer Cards to show they are registered with a carer centre or are a carer.  Others have spoken to supermarket managers to have these accepted locally. 

HOME DELIVERY - vulnerable people slots for home shopping can be applied for via the Government website -


The below Local Food Banks are open for support during the Corona Virus Pandemic: 

Bethel Christian Centre, 170 Bennett's Castle Lane, Dagenham, RM8 3XP

Call 020 8595 8211


Hope Family Trust, Elim Centre, 93 Axe Street, Barking

Call 020 8617 0660 – opens at 10.30am on a Thursday


Al Marina Mosque, 2 Victoria Road, Barking

Call 020 8478 8526 - opens on Saturdays at 12midday


Humdum Food Bank, 121 Ripple Road, Barking

Open every Saturday – no contact number


The Trussell Trust, The Beaver Centre, Unit 1 Selinas Lane, Dagenham

Call 0208 861 0660 or 07507 648948 


The Source, Vicarage Field, Ripple Road, Barking

Call 0208 594 2404


RCCG, 104 New Road, Dagenham

Call 0208 595 0112 or 07983 431070


United Reform Church, Mill Lane, Chadwell Heath

07738 969180


Salvation Army, 240 Ripple Road, Barking

Call 0208 594 2964