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Covid 19 (Coronavirus) - Information for Shine Members: September 2020

25th September 2020



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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


25th September 2020

This week some of our members are starting to report delays in getting online food shopping slots and there are a few reports of shortages of certain popular items in store.  

We thought we would therefore summarise some relevant information we put together in previous updates, which still applies: 

If you do rely on online shopping slots then it would be a good idea to book your slot well in advance of when you need the food. Some members are reporting delays of up to 2 weeks in being able to book a shopping slot.  

It’s best to have your online basket full and ready to go if the slots go quickly or you end up in a virtual queue. You can always checkout as soon as you have a slot then come back and finish your shop later when the website is less busy. 

If you need any more information Scope have an excellent web page to help you access groceries and other essentials during the coronavirus situation, it is available here.

It may be a good idea to stock up 

You don’t need to panic buy, but try stocking up so that you have 2 weeks’ worth of provisions just in case you are unwell and/or unable to leave the house for a while.  There may be other times when it might become difficult to get out to the shops, the shops may not have everything you like to buy, or you might be advised by your doctor to stay at home.   

It’s more important than usual to plan ahead because of the developing coronavirus situation. 

Here are some things you can think about buying in, it doesn’t have to be all at once, you can add a couple of extra things at a time to each shop you do:  


You’ll want foods that keep: breakfast cereals, rice, pasta, lentils, tinned foods (beans, soups, veg, fish), oils, spices, sauces, condiments, tea, coffee, sugar, long-life fruit juice, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, spreads (honey, marmalade, marmite, peanut butter), powdered or UHT milk, frozen veg and fruit and other frozen foods. Bread can be frozen, a few slices in each packet, as can cheese and skimmed milk. Pet food & medicines if applicable.  


Soap, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary products, alcohol gel (hand sanitiser), hand lotion.  

Medicine cabinet 

Thermometer, paracetamol, ibuprofen, Dioralyte, vitamins & minerals, folic acid, any over-the-counter medicines you take regularly e.g. antihistamines.   


Washing up liquid, bleach, surface cleaner, laundry detergent, bin bags, loo roll, tissues, batteries. Keep your car topped up with fuel.  

For parents of babies and/or young children

If you are breast feeding it might be worth having some formula in case you/mum becomes ill.  

Other essentials

Talk to your pharmacist and GP surgery about having a prescription for extra supplies of medicines and catheters.  

Coronavirus can cause diarrhoea in some people, if this might cause extra problems for you, have a supply of pads and wipes at home.  

Please let us know if you are unable to get supplies of food medications or other essentials and we will do our best to help you.

Contact us by phone (01733 555988) or email ( Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm 

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