#HELPNewham: Comprehensive Checklist to limit the spread of infection for Food Banks



#HELPNewham Comprehensive Checklist for Food Banks

What is #HelpNewham?

#HelpNewham is a new service set up by Newham Council to respond to COVID-19. It provides to residents in Category A:

1. Food and essentials

2. Family boxes (with nappies, sanitary towels, condoms, formulae, some basic books/toys),

3. Prescription delivery and

4. Telephone chat/befriending service.


It is intended to support and compliment the work of the faith, VCS sectors and local mutual aid groups who are focusing on all other residents who may need support (Category B). Please only refer those to the council you believe meet the category A definition

Category A residents:

NHS Shield list:

• Solid organ transplant recipients

• Some people with cancer who are undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy

• People on immunosuppression drugs

• Women who are pregnant and have heart disease

• People with severe respiratory conditions - cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and COPD

• Some people with rare diseases such as severe combined immunodeficiency


Older people without support networks:

• Over 70+

• Live alone

• Not in receipt of council services

In Receipt of council services:

• Adult social care (mental health, older people, disabilities)

• Youth services

• Children’s social care (Child in need, Early Help, Child Protection Plans)

• SEND

• Housing (temporary accommodation and homeless, not those in secure council housing)

• Other people known to the council

The following checklist outlines principles of infection control to limit the spread of infection and support you to work safely and provide our residents with healthy nutritious food. For a food bank service, this include food safety, cleaning measures as well as Covid-19 safety.


The guidance in your food preparation, packing, handling and delivery protocols are designed to:

  • Minimise the risk of passing any infection agents to delivery recipients

  • Reduce the risk of any staff and volunteers acquiring or transmitting the coronavirus.

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