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Following the government's announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, you must follow national lockdown guidelines. For more information, visit GOV.UK. For information about changes to our services, visit our coronavirus section.

COVID Winter Grant Scheme

On the 1 December 2020, Kent County Council (KCC) announced the COVID Winter Grant Scheme. Part of this scheme allows local authorities to provide food for vulnerable people in the community.

You may be eligible for a pre-packaged food parcel if you:

  • have been made unemployed within the last two months and you're still out of work
  • have been furloughed and you're receiving less income
  • have lost income because you can't work from home
  • have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace or you're self-isolating because of a positive COVID-19 test
  • are receiving a self-isolation payment
  • are living in temporary accommodation
  • have recently been discharged from hospital
  • are leaving your home because of domestic abuse

You won't be eligible for a pre-packaged food parcel if you:

  • are not already receiving support from the Kent Support and Assistance Scheme (KSAS), foodbanks of other support services
  • have had to quarantine after returning from abroad, unless you test positive for COVID-19 within the 14-day quarantine period
  • continue to receive full wages
  • are self-isolating without being contact by NHS Test and Trace or receiving a positive COVID-19 test


You can apply for the COVID Winter Grant Scheme online. You’ll need to provide:

  • your National Insurance Number
  • your NHS Test and Trace Account ID, also known as a CTAS number
  • a phone number and email address

What happens next

Once we’ve received your application, our Community Support Team will assess it. They will contact you during normal office hours, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and within 48 hours of receiving your application.

If your application is successful, the Community Support Team will contact you within two days and you’ll receive a food box within two weeks.

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