Two Gedling Borough Council leaders have written to the UK’s leading supermarkets asking to buy stock of essential items so they can distribute them to the area’s elderly and vulnerable residents during the coronavirus crisis.
Council leader Cllr John Clarke and deputy leader Cllr Michael Payne wrote to ask if it was possible to buy stock of non-perishable food and items so that ‘no-one is left behind as we face the challenge of coronavirus.’
In the joint letter to the 12 supermarket giants they wrote: “We are keen to work with you to ensure the most vulnerable and elderly residents in Gedling Borough are supported throughout the coming weeks and months — particularly ensuring they and their families have the food and essentials they need.
“We are grateful for the efforts of your organisations and your hardworking staff in stores and across supply chains who are working day and night to help keep the nation fed. We’re also aware our local and independent grocery stores and businesses play a key role in this effort and are incredibly grateful to all of them too.
“We fully support and endorse your request for everyone to be considerate in the way they shop and are particularly concerned that people buying more than they need can lead to sometimes mean others will be left without.
“We would urge you to take more robust and proactive measures to prevent people buying more than they need and thus depriving others of the food and essentials they need.
They then called on the 12 businesses for help in supporting their residents.
“It is now clear the Coronavirus pandemic is set to challenge us all in ways the like of which many of us have never experience before, they wrote.
“Amid the uncertainty it is vital that we work together and face this challenge by looking out for each other and caring for one another. We would like to work with you to purchase a stock of essential items, which our council will then be able to distribute to our most vulnerable and elderly residents as and when needed.
“Any contribution your organisation would also be willing to make to our local efforts would be incredibly welcome as we all work together in a national effort to ensure the most vulnerable members of society are protected and supported.”
The supermarkets, which include Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, are yet to respond.