When lockdown started, Zen felt helpless. "It's just wonderful to be able to do something."
“It was difficult knowing that there were so many people in lockdown who were unable to go to the shops without potentially exposing themselves to Covid-19,” says Zen. “I reached out to my local SVP group and found out our local parish food bank had closed, and people were bringing food to the presbytery instead and that they could use some extra volunteers. I said I had a car and could help.”
Zen started volunteering at her local SVP food bank run out of a parish in Highbury, London. She now collects bags of food from the presbytery and delivers it to vulnerable families in the area who are housebound and struggling to access the basics.
Zen is one of hundreds of ‘Knock and Drop’ volunteers across England and Wales who have recently joined the SVP to give their time during the Covid-19 crisis. Knock and Drop volunteers collect food and fresh produce from local food banks and deliver the parcels to isolated or housebound people in their communities, sometimes staying for a socially distanced friendly chat as well.