Supermarket shelves have been emptying as shoppers panic
As panic buying makes it difficult for some people to get what they need, churches are offering help to the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier reports that C3 Church in Cambridge was one of the first to offer their neighbours help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and making phone calls. The church printed 3,000 ‘Love Your Neighbour’ fliers for its congregation to put through neighbours’ doors, as those in self-isolation risk being forgotten. The church is also changing its sermons to focus on faith instead of fear.
Meanwhile, church food banks report that they are running low on stocks due to the panic buying at retailers, and some plan to deliver food to those in isolation.
A Norfolk church has even had its toilet rolls stolen. Rev Canon Simon Stokes of St Mary and St Margaret’s Church in Sprowston said: “It does seem that people are very fearful and frightened and that seems to be catching.”
The church plans to keep its toilets open to the public.