Shopping problem

Lawson58

Registered User
Aug 1, 2014
2,147
Victoria, Australia
Do they have anything like Pick and Collect? you order it online but all you have to do is go and collect it after they have done all the hard work. No getting claustrophobic, no queues and a quick turn around so not much time to work on your cough,

It is quite popular here and they even have a couple of designated car parks close to the pick up point. Can't imagine that it would be just available here.
 

Weasell

Registered User
Oct 21, 2019
229
I think the cards are to put in your window!
see below

Enterprising residents have come up with a novel new plan to place red or green cards in their windows to let neighbours know how they are amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The colour-coded scheme has been applauded by many social media users after details were posted online.


Twitter user Bethany Crompton said concerned neighbours handed out the green and red square sheets of paper to neighbours in a street in Ripon, North Yorkshire, with a letter explaining the idea.


Displaying a green sheet means you are OK while a red one indicates that the resident is in need of help.
 

occupied99

Registered User
Jan 3, 2020
177
I think the cards are to put in your window!
see below

Enterprising residents have come up with a novel new plan to place red or green cards in their windows to let neighbours know how they are amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The colour-coded scheme has been applauded by many social media users after details were posted online.


Twitter user Bethany Crompton said concerned neighbours handed out the green and red square sheets of paper to neighbours in a street in Ripon, North Yorkshire, with a letter explaining the idea.


Displaying a green sheet means you are OK while a red one indicates that the resident is in need of help.
Oh I see,I think they forgot to post an accompanying explanatory note for somebody as daft as me,I'm wondering if the address that they have was attached to a church as there is one by there,I heard these things are being set up by churches,at least that's what somebody said
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
12,230
South coast
Well, I found my big girls pants and went shopping at about 2.00pm. There was no queue and I sucked a throat lozange, so no coughing and I didnt have a panic attack. Yay!

On the down side - the shelves (as I had feared) were stripped. I managed to get quite a few things (including a tin of tomatoes), but the baking aisle was absolutely bare and there was very little in the GF aisle - in particular, no flour. I took the last loaf of GF bread, but that will only last him a few days and then we will be back to having to find somewhere else to get bread. Usually I make his bread in a breadmaker, but not this time.
 

Sarasa

Registered User
Apr 13, 2018
1,238
I had a quick look on Holland and Barrett's site. They appear to deliver and they have some flour left and maybe other things too. Other health food specialist firms might do the same thing.
 

Bikerbeth

Registered User
Feb 11, 2019
1,177
Bedford
Glad you found your big girls pants and made it out. I have no useful suggestions other than what has already been suggested. It does seem some stores are better than others for some items like the gluten free, perhaps the Sainsbury or Waitrose. Not sure where you went to.
do see if you can find a local support group - our local church is organising for all in our area. as a volunteer for that group I would have been more than happy to help.
I hope you can get the necessary items soon
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
12,230
South coast
I went to a Sainsburys. Its the gluten free bread flour I need. It looks like everyone has stockpiled it and there is now nothing anywhere.
Having discovered that the local shops that I relied on have closed has rattled me. It means that Im going to have to go to the supermarket much more often and just buy what they have got.

Im officially scared now. Im feeling rather sick.
 
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Dimpsy

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Sep 2, 2019
1,381
I don't like going into large supermarkets on my own at the best of times, I get panicky, and now that our local supermarket has decreed no couple's to shop together, that's me finished.
We have found that the smaller shops like our small Co-op, seem to have all the basics.l (they had antibac when big T didn't).
Maybe they replenish shelves more frequently as they don't have much shelf space, not sure, but stay small and make do.
We haven't been able to buy bread flour either since the lockdown began, although bread itself hasn't been a problem.
Failing that, is there a friend or neighbour or community voluntary group that could shop for you? All the best.
 

nitram

Registered User
Apr 6, 2011
20,085
North Manchester
Im officially scared now. Im feeling rather sick.
Try Googling

Community Support Hub <name of LA>

There should either be an LA one or details of one run by volunteers.
Contact them explaining your position including your claustrophobia and medical need for GF products.
They should be able to help.
 

Just me

Registered User
Nov 17, 2013
209
Iceland’s criteria for home delivery is ‘vulnerable or over pension age’. I don’t know if they cater for gluten free but may be worthwhile to have a look at their products online.

I also like the suggestion by Weasell to wear a hat. I thought at first it would stop your cough:)
 

Moggymad

Registered User
May 12, 2017
496
Well done for braveing the supermarket! Our village had a leaflet put in every door offering help for anyone self isolating irrespective of age. It's from a voluntary group that has been set up. You mentioned you live in a village. I wonder if now that your village shops have all closed whether some local volunteers might set up a similar group to help those with such difficulties. Fingers crossed but in the meantime I hope the shopping & finding gluten free items gets easier for you.
 

Lynmax

Registered User
Nov 1, 2016
421
Well done for wearing your big girl pants!

I have difficulties walking or standing in a queue so tend to use a smaller store like a Coop or Tesco attached to a garage, I have a blue badge so can generally get parked close by. But my local Coop is struggling a bit to get things onto the shelves, they had no fresh fruit or veg on Monday and I was struggling to walk so gave up - but I did get some toilet paper which was an urgent need! So I then went to a little Tesco where I got my fruit and veg. They were restricting the number of people entering the shop and there was a queue outside. But I had gone armed with my little folding stool and just sat down until I got to the front - made it possible for me to shop just once this week.

I am well known in both these shops so the staff are friendly and always offer to help me.
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
12,230
South coast
I looked up various contacts and volunteer hubs suggested on here, but the trouble is that we are simply too young (even for Iceland). We live in an area with a very high proportion of elderly people (possibly the highest in the country) so all these services are struggling to meet demand and are not making any exceptions, at all.

I was so so depressed and just knew that I would have to go back to the supermarket, which I was dreading. And then yesterday - almost miraculously - I got a phone call. Now OH used to be (in another life) on the local Parish Council and he had kept in touch, so the office had seen his decline. They phoned me to say they were sorting out food boxes for the vulnerable and asking if I had received the letter from the government. I explained that we didnt qualify because we were too young and OH does not have a diagnosis and she said, did we want a food box anyway because they knew how unwell he was? I just cried on the phone. The food box got left outside the door later on in the day and it meant I wont have to go to the supermarket again this weekend. It doesnt solve the problem of the gluten free bread, but the carer is coming back on Monday and said she would pick up a gluten free loaf on the way (she gets priority). I cant describe how happy it made me feel going through that box.