The new Lidl supermarket in Castle Street, Dumbarton.
Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh constituency, has written to the supermarket chains within her constituency, asking them to implement measures which will ensure that the elderly and vulnerable are not left without food amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online home delivery slots for many supermarkets have all been booked up weeks in advance, which have left those who are self-isolating with difficulty in accessing food and other essential goods.
Jackie Baillie has asked these chains to reserve slots on line for those in at-risk groups to ensure that no one is left out.
She praised those supermarkets setting aside time for the elderly and health and social care staff to shop, but urged them to go further and set aside some home delivery slots for those unable to get out.
Jackie Baillie MSP said: “It is concerning to hear reports that elderly and vulnerable people in my constituency have been left struggling to get food due to a severe lack of at-home delivery slots.
“These slots are being booked up weeks in advance, meaning those who are unable to leave the house and who do not have outside help are having to make do with what they have for weeks at a time.
“I have asked the CEOs of these supermarkets to implement the measures needed to protect these at-risk groups. I hope that they will step up to the plate and ensure that those most in need are supported at this uncertain time.
“There are also some local shops in the area that have started to do deliveries, so it is worth checking with them as well.
“I would encourage all of my constituents to only buy what they really need to ensure that there is enough food for everyone and those who are well enough, should shop in store to free up delivery slots for those who are less able. It is more important than ever that as a community we support each other and help in any way that we can.”