Emergency food deliveries in full flow in Wolverhampton
Deliveries of emergency food parcels are in full flow in Wolverhampton - and the city's council leader has praised the camaraderie of his staff.
Packages of essentials are being sent to vulnerable residents around Wolverhampton from the council's make-shift distribution hub at Aldersley Stadium.
The hub began operating on Tuesday in a bid to support Wolverhampton citizens - who are either elderly or suffer with underlying health conditions - amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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It has seen council staff from all different roles role their sleeves up and chip in to help the scheme run smoothly.
The hub will operate 24/7 sending out weekly food parcels to some 35,000 residents.
Among the staff helping out is council leader Ian Brookfield who is both a former nurse and postman.
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He said: "I came down and saw all the folks here at our emergency food distribution hub and all the hard work they were doing setting it up.
"There are people in there who I normally see in the Civic Centre. You’ve got solicitors working in there, you’ve got librarians, people from leisure centres and people from across the council.
"They’ve all volunteered and I thought I’d put my money where my mouth is. Having worked as a nurse in the past, I want to do my bit and so that’s why I volunteered and I’ll be doing this every week for as long as it takes.
"Wolverhampton is a fantastic place, fantastically community-minded, people always go out of their way to help each other and never more so than now.
"All over the city there are groups of people, neighbours, friends and family who are helping each other. I think that shines through – people I speak to can feel that.
"It is something we’ve always known, I am really proud of Wulfrunians today, tomorrow, next week and together we will get through this."