Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local
2 Marsham Street
T 030 3444 0000www.gov.uk/mhclg
Date: 7 September 2020
Dear Mr Richardson Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your request for information which we received on 10 August
2020 and processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
You requested: "Can you please confirm the following:
i) How many food boxes have been issued in England.
ii) How many food boxes have been issued in the North West of England.
ii) How many food boxes have been issued in Lancashire.
iii) How many food boxes have been issued in Blackpool.
iv) How many food boxes have been issued in the Blackpool North and Cleveleys
v) How many food boxes have been issued in the Blackpool South constituency.
The above requested information is for the period 23 March 2020 till 31 July 2020.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I can confirm that some of the information requested is held by the Ministry of
Housing, Communities and Local Government and we are able to provide you with
the information we hold. I have detailed below the information that is being released
Through the National Shielding Service between 27 March and 31 July 2020, the
government has provided 4,724,611 food packages in England. The food packages
were standardised and contained basic food and household essentials.
The food packages were supplied and delivered by wholesalers Brakes and Bidfood,
through a contract managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (DEFRA). Local Authorities have also separately provided food packages to
meet dietary, cultural or religious needs where needed.
The figure above is the total number of food packages delivered in England through
the National Shielding Service. It does not include food packages provided by Local
Authorities during that period.
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MHCLG does not hold the geographical breakdown of the total number of food
packages provided in England that you have requested. Information within scope of
this part of your request may be held by DEFRA, Cabinet Office or local authorities.
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MHCLG FOI Team