North Yorkshire is calling on local businesses to come forward with offers of help to get food and essential goods to the isolated.

While many are already actively helping, we have been called by many businesses wanting to help but not sure who to contact about getting food supplies to people who have become isolated by the coronavirus pandemic.  

So we are issuing a call to arms to other businesses that would like to join the county-wide effort in conjunction with the district councils.

We are providing a single point of contact for businesses to give information about where and how they operate so they can be matched up with community groups that are organising food deliveries to people who need them in their locality.

“North Yorkshire is a county which really values its local shops and business,” said Cllr Carl Les, the county council’s leader. “They are at the heart of our communities and work so very hard to provide a vital service to our residents. 

“For this reason, we have provided a single point of contact for them and any other businesses that want to join the relief effort. If businesses can tell us what they can do and where they operate we will link them up with local groups that are delivering food and essential supplies to people isolated in their homes.

“These are grave and extremely challenging times, but if we all pull together – as we do so well in North Yorkshire – we will be better placed whatever the next weeks and months may hold. Our local businesses know that and we are very grateful for the essential support they are offering.”

If you are a business that wants to help in this way, please get in touch at Covid19LocalBusinesses@northyorks.gov.uk with details of where you are and how you can help.