- 15 Sep 2020
Date received: 24 Jul 2020
Date responded: 21 Aug 2020
The following, broken down by month since the start of lockdown, starting from April 2020:
1. How many individuals were receiving Scottish Government food boxes?
2. How many of the above individuals were officially shielding?
3. How many individuals were eligible for a food box but did not receive one?
4. How many food boxes were not distributed after being collated?
The number of people who were shielding and who were requesting and receiving boxes over the period 3 April to 31 July 2020 changed daily and cannot therefore be provided on a monthly basis. We have therefore provided figures relevant to the final day of each month but also monthly totals for boxes that were packed and delivered or not. Only those shielding were eligible to apply for grocery boxes.
The discrepancy between the number of people registered for free grocery boxes, and the number of boxes requested, is because people who were shielding were able to request more than one box, if they had dependents or others in their household, who were also not able to leave the house to buy groceries.
|Number of people shielding (as at this date)||170,911||179,728||181,075||180,228|
|Number of people shielding who were registered for grocery boxes (as at this date)||43,713||50,022||50,768||35,858|
|Number of grocery boxes being requested per week (as at this date)||61,798||71,438||70,014||48,948|
|Number of people shielding who were not requesting a grocery box (as at this date)||127,198||129,706||130,307||144,370|
|3-30 April||1-31 May||1-30 June||1-31 July|
|Number of boxes packed but rejected or not delivered due to access problem or other delivery failure||1,836||3,607||2,362||1,770|
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Central Enquiry Unit
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The Scottish Government
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