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Coronavirus: Co-op to donate £10,000 worth of supplies to students

The Co-op's convenience store chain will donate food to students in localised lockdowns in 'hardest hit' areas.
The Co-op's convenience store chain will donate food to students in localised lockdowns in 'hardest hit' areas. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images

The Co-op will donate £10,000 ($12,882) worth of supplies to university students who are in caught in localised COVID-19 lockdowns across the UK, it has announced.

An estimated 3,000 students are currently being told to self-isolate following localised coronavirus outbreaks on a number of campuses across the UK.

To ensure they “still have access to high-quality, good-value essentials,” the retailer has pledged to donate stock from its Co-op Food convenience stores to those currently living in the worst affected areas, including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford and Swansea.

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Local students’ unions will be able to pick up “basics,” such as rice, pasta, toilet roll, bread and noodles from their local Co-op, and distribute it to students in need.

On top of this, students in select major cities who do their Co-op shop online will be able to receive it within two hours of their order, as long as there are slots available. To access this offer, they simply have to download the TOTUM student discount app, verify their place of study, and they will be given a code to use at checkout.

Chris Whitfield, chief operating officer, Co-op Food, said: “It’s important we pull together to support our student communities during these difficult times, and we want to help ease the current situation by ensuring that students under lockdown are kept well stocked up with groceries and essentials.

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“We’re delighted that our long-standing relationship with TOTUM and the National Union of Students has enabled us to get help to those most in need, as we play our part in feeding the nation.”

“With many students confined to their halls of residence — and some even confined to their own rooms — we’ve pooled resources with the Co-op and students’ unions to help them right now as they struggle to obtain adequate amounts of food,” added Elizabeth Bone, communities director at TOTUM.

“By aiming to deliver their Co-op shop to them within two hours of ordering online, we hope it will provide a little bit of positivity at what is undoubtedly a really tough time, and show them that we are thinking of them.”