Corona virus

Derby’s emergency food provision during Covid-19 Lockdown period

Courtesy Daily Mirror

Derby is well-served with many community groups, local volunteer provisions, food banks and, general neighbourliness.

But sadly, some people may not quite fit the criteria, may not be sufficiently connected or may just not be aware of what happens in their neighbhourhood.

At any moment, any one of us could be affected by Covid-19, be confined to bed, and have no means for getting food and provisions.

In the event that anyone finds themselves unable to tap into local support, for whatever reason, then they can contact the Derby Covid Community Response Hub (DCCRH) and access the temporary food distribution network

The Hub is a collaboration between Derby City Council, Community Action Derby (representing the voluntary sector), Derby Homes, and the University of Derby


RING : 01332 640000.

A referral will then be passed from the Hub to a Local Ward Coordinator, who will aim to call the recipient within 24 hours to discuss needs and logistics. This will be based on priority need (excluding weekends).

The Ward Coordinator will then email the most convenient Local Food Distribution Hub with details of the people in need. This information will include if the food needs to be delivered to the recipient’s house, or if the recipient will collect.

If a recipient requires ongoing food parcels, then they will need to call the hub each time so that it can be seen if any circumstances have changed.

The Local Food Distribution Hubs are:

• Hope Centre – Curzon Street

• Derby City Mission – Normanton Road

• Pakistan Community Centre – Harrington Street, Pear Tree

• ACT Alvaston Food Bank – Alvaston Surestart Children’s Centre ‎

• Aspire/Revive – St Marks, Derwent

This does not replace the current Food bank/distribution network – it is to ensure that there is comprehensive City-wide coverage during this lockdown period.


Those who wish to donate food…

1) If you have food you wish to donate BUT you know of family or friends or neighbours who need food please deliver to them safely to minimise social interaction and leaving your home.

2) If you don’t know any of above please contact your local food bank to see if you can donate directly to them

3) If you don’t know any local food bank then please contact or 01332 640000 who will happily point you in direction of your most local food bank.


Volunteers will also be co-ordinated through the Derby Covid Community Response Hub, who can be contacted at or 01332 640000. Forms and guidance are currently being prepared so that volunteers can be directed as soon as it goes live.

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