BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) has teamed up with Central England Co-op to get vital food and essentials to vulnerable members of the local community.

The retailer has teamed up with BACT and received support from Staffordshire County Council to identify the key vulnerable community members that need the support the most.

Central England Co-op colleagues oversee the taking of payments from the customers over the phone, before volunteers are responsible for collecting the orders from local stores and delivering them across the local area.

Lisa Beard, Community Operations Manager, who’s been leading on the project, said: “This has been a life-line for people in the community who are self-isolating and unable to get to the shops or online to access their regular shopping

“BACT have worked with the Co-op on different projects over the last few years and were delighted to partner again to get this vital project in place during a crucial time

“We’re also very grateful to East Staffordshire Borough Council for helping us to get this underway.”

Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive of Central England Co-op, said: “Co-operation is key to our communities coming together during this uncertain time and this is why we have linked up with BACT to launch this pioneering scheme during this uncertain time.

“This is a great example of communities and organisations coming together at a time of need and creating a solution that will make a difference.

“We have further plans in place to rapidly roll out this out across other locations to make sure we support as many people as we can in the coming weeks.”

For further details about accessing the Food Hub Delivery project, please contact lisa.beard@burtonalbionct.org