How to get food when you're self-isolating
If you have to self-isolate, there are a number of options available to help you access food and other essential supplies.
Help from family and friends
If family, friends or neighbours can support you, some supermarkets have introduced volunteer shopping cards to help people who cannot leave the house.
It is a simple, contact-free way of providing money to volunteers and is available as the following schemes:
- Asda volunteer shopping card
- Marks & Spencer volunteer shopping card
- Sainsburys volunteer shopping card
- Waitrose gift card
Priority home deliveries
Due to Changes to the shielding population from 1 August, the government food box scheme will come to an end on 31 July. If you have received a letter from the NHS or identified on Gov.uk as extremely vulnerable, you will continue to have access to priority supermarket delivery slots if you have registered for this support online before 17 July. The following supermarkets currently offer this service:
If you just need everyday essentials, you can now buy food boxes from some supermarkets. Delivery of these is often quicker than a home delivery slot. The following supermarkets are currently offering this service:
If you're not able to access other help and you require personal shopping or have special dietary requirements, local support groups and organisations who may provide assistance are listed on Locate: help with food.
You can also register for help - see our Get help if you're self-isolating page.
If you need food and are struggling financially, you can find a list of local support groups and organisations who provide low-cost or free food or cooked meals - please see our Locate - our online support directory. This information is regularly updated and you can look-up support in your area.
The organisations and groups listed will have their own guidelines for those who are eligible for their support.
Welfare assistance scheme
You may be entitled to help with your daily living expenses from our welfare assistance scheme, which includes food or funds to help pay for food.
If you are still struggling, we may be able to provide you with a standard box of food and toiletries. This standard box costs £30.00. If you are unable to access food through vulnerability or hardship or are struggling due to clinical or religious dietary needs, please see our Get help if you're self-isolating information to request help through our community hub - our staff will provide advice and guidance.