27 September 2023

Coordinator to help self-isolaters

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The State Relief Coordinator is overseeing a program in which Victorians in self-isolation due to COVID-19 with no access to food and essential supplies can receive emergency relief packages.

The Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan said the program supported people in mandatory self-isolation who had no network of family and friends to support them.

“Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with other distribution points to be established as required,” he said.

“For people who are not eligible for the emergency relief packages, they are encouraged to be self-reliant and call on the help of family and friends wherever possible during the current pandemic.”

Mr Donnellan said the program would be coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with Foodbank Victoria and under the direction of the State Relief Coordinator.

He said the program could be accessed by calling Victoria’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

He said the Government had also removed curfew restrictions on trucks across Victoria to assist supermarkets with delivery of extra stock.

“These are simple initiatives, but are so important to ensure supermarkets keep getting the essential goods that they need,” Mr Donnellan said.

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