Beans anyone?

20 May

As morning carer unlocked my door I could hear her struggling, curiosity was sparked. Apparently a large heavy brown box had been left on the door step.

Into the ninth week of self-isolating shielding lockdown, I have received a Government emergency food package. The notion of ensuring that those who are confined to their homes have access to a few basic necessities, is a highly commendable one, the execution of such a project has a few gaps. What a single person uses is different to two people or a small family. The contents were intriguing.

There is a loaf of bread with a warnings its previously been frozen and is good for five days from thawing (when was that because it’s very thawed and dry, so yesterday or even the day before), the large Frey Bentos chicken pie, a bag of potatoes one spud is so big it needs two hands to hold it, a huge tin of beans (850g pictured) plus an onion also sizeable, a bag of pasta, jar of bolognese sauce, small tin of tuna, a small bag of rice, a pack of digestives, bag of oats, bag of carrots, apples and oranges, two one litre cartons of milk, two cans of chopped tomatoes and three cans of soup. A couple of instant coffee packets and a few tea bags, one loo roll, a small hand soap with five bottles of bath soap (think hotel freebies).

The enclosed note says it’s for the week (anyone got a recipe for roast-stewed-curried onion) and there are online links to get them stopped or changed (except the links don’t do that). They tell you to contact your local council if you no longer need the help, except the council website doesn’t say who to contact. The note says to simply tell your driver not to deliver, well seeing as it’s just left on the door step before my carer gets here, that’s not going to happen. In fact if it wasn’t for the carer tripping over it trying to get in, I’d have no idea it was even there.

I hope I’ve managed to make contact with the right people to stop getting these, although the idea is commendable, for me, in my circumstances, sadly the majority of contents I cannot make use of – so I’ve given my carers first dibs. I’d much prefer the good dead to go to someone in much greater need than me, I am sure there are some.


Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Life


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9 responses to “Beans anyone?

  1. Jocelyn

    May 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Like you say,the idea is commendable but perhaps they should ask if you wanted one first .I’m imagining the boxes appearing each week like some unstoppable force .they seem to have omitted the KitKats.That might have put a different spin to it.

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    • AnneMarie

      May 20, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Lol, for me, the tinned tomatoes, coffee and pasta was about all I’d use. I’m on attempt number umpteen to get these stopped. Plan C is to tape note to door Tuesday night.


  2. menhir1

    May 20, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    A huge can of baked beans and an onion…..and only ONE loo roll. Everything boggles!!

    Food packages are worth their weight in gold for many, highly commendable as you say. One size doesn’t fit all and in such a situation as this Covid-19 I cannot see, with the lack of coherent leadership at the ver, very top, how anyone can organise the goodies to be a better tailored to need. I also have a concern about food poisoning, since there is no indication how long the pie had been on its journey, never mind the bread, and it sounds somewhat lifeless. If the pie was in a tin, providing the tin could be opened that might be a safe option.

    Were there any sweet treats?

    Take care, stay safe.


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    • AnneMarie

      May 20, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      The pie is tinned, that’s the only type that manufacturer makes. Other than some slightly cardboard looking digestive biscuits there were no treats. The idea is commendable but lacked joined up thinking.


  3. snowbird

    May 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    It is a good idea and those in need would be grateful, but as you say it needs to be thought through. As a vegan, little would be useful for me, so many have allergies etc…they should contact everyone via email and get them to choose what they

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    • AnneMarie

      May 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

      A standard box for a single person, or adult couple, or person with young children, or person with older children, just those simple categories would have been enough. A fellow singleton in a wheelchair had a mahoosive (that’s one step up from massive) can of mushy peas!

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  4. deacongill

    May 21, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Food parcels are a blunt instrument, aren’t they. I remember when I was working with a charity in Birmingham that gave out food parcels, there were standard items in every bag. We needed to remember, also, that some of the people who were being housed in B&B places only had a microwave – so we needed to include instant foods. Hope you succeed in getting them stopped!

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    • AnneMarie

      May 21, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      I hadn’t even considered whether a recipient had the means to cook the items! It does get complicated, and I hate to sound ungrateful, but I feel guilty at the waste when someone could use the contents.

      Liked by 1 person

      • deacongill

        May 22, 2020 at 4:39 pm

        I don’t think you sound ungrateful, just practical, and concerned for others.

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