Espoo – Reallocation for food assistance

The City of Espoo has reassigned employees from places like libraries and early childhood education into efforts to distribute food. One part of the city’s refocused efforts in this area includes the provision of lunch packages distributed once a week to children currently studying at home. Read more here and here

Edinburgh – Food distribution network

The city council, third sector organisation EVOC and the volunteering community have come together to provide vulnerable groups food in these difficult circumstances. 3000 areas are targeted at first and further actions will adapt to the citizens’ demand. Volunteers will receive training and schools are acting as logistic centers. Read more here

Cardiff – Virtual Food and Drink Festival

Cardiff going online with its popular Cardiff Food and Drink Festival. The Cardiff Food and Drink Festival will launch a new website http://www.cardifffoodanddrinkfestival.com  tomorrow at midday, to run throughout July.  Visitors will find recipes, music and an online market place where a range of local and international food and drink can be ordered directly from … Continue reading Cardiff – Virtual Food and Drink Festival

Osmangazi – Food distribution

Following the confinement rules established in Osmangazi, Turkey, people above 65 years and below 20 years old are prohibited to go out, apart from emergencies. To provide people at home with food and other essential items, the municipality offers a delivery service. More than 30,000 families have ordered goods via email or telephone, while the … Continue reading Osmangazi – Food distribution

Toulouse – Food to the isolated

Toulouse is distributing food to isolated elderly and disabled persons. The food kits are delivered every Wednesday by teams of civil servants from the municipality, and contain bread, tin cans, hard cheese, fruits, compote and biscuits. The beneficiaries of the the scheme were identified and registered by a senior service hotline, and by a census … Continue reading Toulouse – Food to the isolated

Nice – Childcare for food workers

Nice is extending the childcare which it has been providing for health workers and other providers of necessary services to include the children of those involved in the food industry. The city already organises daycare for the children of many types essential personnel whom the national education system does not provide any service for. Read … Continue reading Nice – Childcare for food workers

Cities talking about food policy during crisis

Cities reacted to the crisis by setting up specific actions regarding access to food and food delivery, particularly for vulnerable groups. Different approaches and measures for new food aid systems have been put in place by the food policy teams of many cities that are part of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). The … Continue reading Cities talking about food policy during crisis

Milan – Ensuring food aid in the crisis

An increasing number of people in Milan is in need of food aid. From the seven food hubs that the city has created across the city, in the first week a total of 1,000 people were supplied. During the second week that number rose to 7,000 people, and it is expected that 15,000 people will … Continue reading Milan – Ensuring food aid in the crisis

Madrid – Vouchers to support food solidarity

The municipal markets will start to sell vouchers to give the consumers the opportunity to support the action made by district associations to provide food to those in need. The Economy, Innovation and Employment Area has doubled the amount of subsidies for the expansion of municipal markets, as well as their digitalization, which has been … Continue reading Madrid – Vouchers to support food solidarity

Osmangazi – Food and shelter for stray cats

The city of Osmangazi provides nutrition for stray animals in the city. While street cats in Turkey usually are fed and caressed by the people, this is possible only to a limited extend in the corona lockdown. Therefore the municipality deposits animal food at designated areas and collects sick and needy animals for further treatment.

Madrid – Prepaid food cards for families

The Madrid City Council has established public-private partnerships to provide families in need with prepaid cards to buy food and basic necessities in the corona crisis. CaixaBank, through its Social Action and in collaboration with Obra Social La Caixa, has made a grant of €200,000 available to the City Council to assist 2,000 families in … Continue reading Madrid – Prepaid food cards for families

Ljubljana – Bus drivers volunteer to deliver food

Ljubljana has organized home food delivery for children from at risk families and elderly citizens. Drivers of city buses are volunteering to perform the deliveries. Over 100 people have volunteered at the Ljubljana Public Transport (Ljubljanski potniški promet) public company.Bus drivers have also started helping with urgent non-scheduled transport of people, organized by the Slovenian … Continue reading Ljubljana – Bus drivers volunteer to deliver food

Bordeaux – Fresh fruits and veggies for all

Bordeaux has launched a new trial project helping members of a dozen social grocery stores to buy fresh fruit and vegetables by having the city pay the difference between cost price and store price. The city also supports the Food Bank and various other organisations to give access to good quality food to those in … Continue reading Bordeaux – Fresh fruits and veggies for all

Bristol – #BristolFoodKind

Launched by the city partners behind Bristol’s bid to become a Gold Sustainable Food City, the #BristolFoodKind campaign offers practical ideas for people at home during the pandemic on how to grow and cook food, reduce waste and shop locally. Every act of ‘food kindness’ can help improve health and wellbeing, support the community and … Continue reading Bristol – #BristolFoodKind

Nantes – Becoming a giant vegetable garden

Less flowers, more tomatoes, courgettes and potatoes to feed vulnerable people in Nantes. The city is transforming green spaces, greenhouses, shared gardens or unoccupied green areas into vegetable gardens. Around 50 plots, for a total of 25,000 m2, will grow tomatoes, courgettes, beets and corn to be harvested in mid-July, and potatoes, squash and dried … Continue reading Nantes – Becoming a giant vegetable garden

Lyon – Farmers and consumers coming together

Lyon Métropole has launched a distribution tool for the 350 farms on the territory. With food markets closed, agriculture producers have been mapped and offer their products via digital platforms. Customers receive the food at grocery stores nearby. Thus, citizens can support the local producers while having a healthy diet. You can read more about … Continue reading Lyon – Farmers and consumers coming together

Beşiktaş – None left hungry

Beşiktaş Municipality is taking action with the local veterinary service to ensure that animals living on the street are fed regularly. These animals are usually fed regularly by owners of the restaurants, shopkeepers, and market workers. However, since these businesses were closed the animals would have been in danger of going hungry. Read more (in … Continue reading Beşiktaş – None left hungry

Bristol – Volunteers and fundraising

Bristol has recruited an ‘army’ of volunteers through Can Do Bristol to help with response to coronavirus. They collect and distribute food. The city is also raising funds to support the local grant giving funder, Quartet Community Foundation who launched a Coronavirus Appeal Fund with funds distributed to local communities to address need.

Nantes – Ensuring delivery of fresh products

Nantes Metropole created an online market for local producers and small shops and businesses called ‘Place du Marché en ligne’. Open air markets are closed, but they accommodate their consumers through a drive-in system: clients place their orders by phone or email and collect it at a specific day and time. The French mail service is … Continue reading Nantes – Ensuring delivery of fresh products

Turin – Solidarity network

As capital city of Piedmont, Italy, Turin is organising its measures in the corona crisis in close cooperation with the regional and national level. The Municipal Operational Centre is constantly in contact with the Crisis Unit of the Piedmont Region. Social services for the elderly are taking care of other people in need now, and … Continue reading Turin – Solidarity network

Lille Metropole – Support to hospitals

Lille Metropole is supporting local hospitals by supplying barriers and security guards, new signage and food from the reserves of the municipal office’s restaurant. The metropole is also working to promote the production of protective masks for caregivers by local textile companies and independent dressmakers. Read more (in French) here.

Lille – Civic reserve

Lille Metropole has initiated a ‘Metropolitan Civic Reserve’ for its employees not involved dealing with the coronavirus. This plan allows metropolitan officials to carry out solidarity actions during their working time to share the burden of caregivers. These actions include food and emergency aid, childcare for caregivers or security personnel, contact with isolated vulnerable people … Continue reading Lille – Civic reserve

Milan – Educators shop for the elderly

Milan is providing a personal grocery shopping and delivery service for the elderly thanks to an agreement with food retailers and a charity organisation. Funded by the charity, the program works through a call centre that the elderly can call to place their orders. The orders are prepared and delivered by volunteers. The program serves … Continue reading Milan – Educators shop for the elderly

Munich – Care for the vulnerable

Munich’s social department is subsidising food tables with a total of over 30 dispensaries for food and hot meals. The Münchner Tafel is open Monday to Saturday from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on the grounds of the Grossmarkthalle (West Gate). The social department is working on maintaining the social infrastructure together with the agencies … Continue reading Munich – Care for the vulnerable

Beşiktaş – Online solidarity

Beşiktaş has joined ‘blessing box’ programme that can turn online shopping into donations. The programme allows residents to demonstrate solidarity while shopping online by creating a shopping basket to be sent to their neighbours in need, which the municipality then delivers. It is possible to donate all kinds of products, such as foods, hygiene products, … Continue reading Beşiktaş – Online solidarity

Nice – A call to volunteers

Nice is calling for citizens to join the activities it performs daily to alleviate the difficulties brought on by coronavirus. These include home delivery of food shopping and medicine, recovery of certain foodstuffs from supermarkets, telephone contact with seniors, and walking pets. The city has launched an open call for anyone willing to join in … Continue reading Nice – A call to volunteers

Leipzig – Garden fence with homeless donations

Homeless people in Leipzig are not any more able to sell street newspapers or to collect bottles. Public toilets and lavatories are closed. To help them, an initiative of Leipzig`s citizens has established a ‘Garden fence for homeless people’ where food, used clothes and sanitary products can be donated. Instructions for using are visible for … Continue reading Leipzig – Garden fence with homeless donations

Dusseldorf – More homeless shelters

Düsseldorf is providing food packages and is arranging more shelters in the city. As of Monday, the municipal canteen at will serve as a distribution point for the Streetwork association. Düsseldorf catering establishments will take care of the delivery of groceries. The party service Fröhlich will supply the day care centers and some emergency accommodation … Continue reading Dusseldorf – More homeless shelters

Sofia – Thank you to volunteers and donors

The mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, has acknowledged the help received from people and institutions during the corona lockdown. She mentions that a total of €211,000 has been donated in the form of food, medicine, protective masks and clothing, medical equipment and disinfectants. More than 140 people in Sofia have received warm food daily. Furthermore, … Continue reading Sofia – Thank you to volunteers and donors

Milan – Creating a coordination centre for all over 65s services

The municipality of Milan has set up an operational base to organise the transport of goods (food, medicines or other basic necessities) and provide other support services for the over 65, as well as other people who have other chronic conditions or are  immunocompromised that have been ordered to stay at home. A parallel action … Continue reading Milan – Creating a coordination centre for all over 65s services

Bordeaux – Support for the most vulnerable

Bordeaux is supporting the most vulnerable in several ways, including telephone support and emergency in-person support at designated locations, including food distribution. The usual support networks are facing major challenges. Volunteers are often older people, who can no longer volunteer due to safety concerns, while the lockdown restrictions make distribution very complex. In addition, unsold … Continue reading Bordeaux – Support for the most vulnerable

Edinburgh – Triple shelter partnership

“10,000 bed spaces to 730 unique individuals over the last 200 nights” is the outcome reached together by Edinburgh’s city council and Bethany Christian Trust. The volunteers and the Council staff receive now help from the Old Waverley Hotel, where they can have temporary accomodation while receiving support and advices. The hotel is also offering … Continue reading Edinburgh – Triple shelter partnership

Bordeaux – Support to the elderly

Bordeaux is expanding the range of support it offers to the elderly. New measures include: The Senior Citizen Independence Service (0800 62 58 85) remains open every day to support over 1000 isolated people. The meal delivery service for the most vulnerable senior citizens has been expanded (1,800 meals delivered to people’s homes by the council every day, compared … Continue reading Bordeaux – Support to the elderly

Milan – A locker system for your shopping

The municipality asked supermarkets’ chains to install new lockers to be used for the collection of online grocery shopping. Customers can order their groceries online, then collect them avoiding queues and limiting contact with other people since their shopping will be waiting, at a specific time, in an assigned locker which only the customer can … Continue reading Milan – A locker system for your shopping

Zaragoza – Taking care of seniors (update)

Zaragoza City Council, Ibercaja Foundation and Ibercaja Bank have set up a fundraising platform collecting and managing donations from individuals and from the private sector. The funds will be used to help the elderly by providing food, psychological support, etc… As a first goal, Zaragoza wants to guarantee the home delivery of 500 daily meals. … Continue reading Zaragoza – Taking care of seniors (update)

Nice – Over thousand meals a day for the homeless

Homeless people are housed in different locations in the French city of Nice, from night shelters and schools to hotels and youth hostels. In all places, meals are offered. The central kitchen of the city of Nice provides meals for people staying in hotels. Between 1,000 and 1,400 meals or picnics are distributed per day. … Continue reading Nice – Over thousand meals a day for the homeless

Bologna – United we shop

Elderly, disabled and other people who need assistance get home delivery of groceries and medicines via a new service that started this week in Bologna. The initiative “L’Unione fa la spesa” (United we shop) is a joint venture by the municipality, Coop Alleanza 3.0 (the largest consumers’ cooperative in Italy) and representatives of the voluntary … Continue reading Bologna – United we shop

Pendik – Police goes shopping for the elderly

In the Turkish city of Pendik, the municipal police goes shopping for people aged 65 and older who have to stay at home due to the coronavirus. Residents can ring the police and the goods will be delivered to their homes. The service is also available for people with disabilities and chronic diseases, and people … Continue reading Pendik – Police goes shopping for the elderly

Pau – Home-meal service by the municipality

Municipal kitchens prepare meals for people who cannot go shopping : elderly, isolated, disabled, or single women with dependent children. These meals are delivered by employees of the city of Pau, usually working in municipal departments which are now closed, as swimming pools. The city has also opened a telephone hotline for psychological support where … Continue reading Pau – Home-meal service by the municipality

Dusseldorf – Rules against panic buying

In order to regulate the dispensed quantity of goods and counteract panic buying, the city of Dusseldorf has issued a general ruling. Supermarkets are instructed to only give out restricted amounts of goods in order to ensure a steady flow of goods for the population. The regulation follows disproportionate purchases of staple food, canned goods … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Rules against panic buying

Cardiff – Time to say thanks to volunteers

Volunteers across Cardiff are being celebrated this week, including the 1,200 strong Together for Cardiff force which was set up by the city council at the onset of the COVID-19 emergency. Working with council staff, the volunteers helped preparing and delivering more than 5,000 emergency food and essentials parcels for people experiencing difficulties getting supplies … Continue reading Cardiff – Time to say thanks to volunteers

Zaragoza – Connecting businesses and citizens

Zaragoza has launched a platform for corporate solidarity contributions. The site connects the commitment and resources of private companies with the needs of Zaragoza society in order to face this emergency situation. Five work areas have been set up in which the different companies can lend their help: health, education, entertainment, technology and food. Read … Continue reading Zaragoza – Connecting businesses and citizens

Florence – Civic crowdfunding

Florence has joined forces with local stakeholders and active citizenship to launch a crowdfunding initiative. Collected funds will help finance projects in areas such as welfare, education and culture. Four projects have already been selected through the platform. These have financed the purchase of medical equipment for a retirement home, a dedicated food delivery system … Continue reading Florence – Civic crowdfunding

Munich – Homeless services

Munich is providing accommodation for homeless people who, because of their age or the existence of a previous condition, are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Its social services department has also set up quarantine accommodation that houses households that have been quarantined. A separate quarantine object for vulnerable target groups (women at risk of domestic … Continue reading Munich – Homeless services

Izmir – Volunteer harvest workers

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has launched a volunteer programme for the fruit harvest during the corona pandemic. Due to the curfew it is expected that many seasonal workers will be unable to attend the harvest. Young volunteers can register online and receive a video training. The municipality provides hygiene sets, including masks, gloves and disinfectants, transportation … Continue reading Izmir – Volunteer harvest workers

Cardiff – Dine out by app

Cardiff has worked with local Fintech company Yoello, which has developed an innovative app which allows customers to order meals from a number of restaurants and cafes across the city which are then delivered to the city’s new Castle Café. Customers simply use their smart phone to access an online platform by typing Cardiff-castle.yoello.com into … Continue reading Cardiff – Dine out by app

Helsinki – Calling everyone over 80

The city of Helsinki has teamed up with local parishes and charity organisations for reaching out to the self-isolating elderly population. In the ‘Helsinki Helpline’ campaign, volunteers are calling the elderly by phone to ask if they need help – or just want to talk about how they are coping with the coronavirus lockdown. The … Continue reading Helsinki – Calling everyone over 80

Tallinn – School lunch continues

Students of Tallinn’s schools will be able to continue to get a daily free school lunch under a special arrangement approved by the city’s authorities. Normally, school lunch is free in Tallinn for the students, but due to the emergency situation all schools are closed in Estonia. As for some children  the school lunch is … Continue reading Tallinn – School lunch continues

Karlsruhe – Local support

Karlsruhe has set up the platform #supportyourlocals enabling people to shop locally. Deliveries are done by bike or, for longer distances, by post. While keeping business alive, the UNESCO City of Media Arts offers a digital cultural programme to keep people engaged, as well as the ZKM Center of Media Arts, and numerous museums and … Continue reading Karlsruhe – Local support

Kadikoy – Healthy meals from famous chefs

In the Turkish city of Kadikoy, people in need get morale support and healthy food during the corona crisis through the initiative ‘You stay safe’. Meals are prepared by the popular nutrition expert Dilara Koçak and cooked by famous chefs, with ingredients sponsored by restaurants and companies. The municipality delivers the meals. “Balanced nutrition, drinking … Continue reading Kadikoy – Healthy meals from famous chefs

Nice – City kitchen

The central kitchen of Nice has been mobilized since the start of confinement to feed those in need, including the children of health and essential service personnel. Currently, up to 2,000 meals are prepared every day by 60 municipal officers (compared to 102 usually) divided into three brigades. Hygiene standards, which are already strict in … Continue reading Nice – City kitchen

Istanbul – Feeding stray cats and dogs

The district municipality in Sultanbeyli, Istanbul, is feeding stray animals during the corona lockdown. While shops are closed, the local veterinary service units leave animal food at central places. In Istanbul, there are thought to be 130,000 dogs and 125,000 cats roaming free. Other measures of the municipality aim to prevent the spread of the … Continue reading Istanbul – Feeding stray cats and dogs

Athens – ‘Helping you at home’

‘Helping you at home’ is an initiative involving most of the personnel of the social services, targeting the most vulnerable groups to provide them with groceries, medication and material help. The project has three pillars: the helpline, the research unit and the field group. They all work together to assess the applicants’ situations and provide … Continue reading Athens – ‘Helping you at home’

Zagreb – Public kitchens

Zagreb is opening several new public kitchens to help the poorest members of society to enjoy a hot meal. This is a collaboration between the City of Zagreb Office for Social Welfare and People with Disabilities and the institution Good Home, which caters for the poorest citizens. It is also occurring in cooperation with the … Continue reading Zagreb – Public kitchens

Zaragoza – 198 beds for the homeless

The Zaragoza City Council has converted the ‘Tenerías sports municipal centre’ into a big dormitory for the homeless. This is in addition to 98 places already offered at the ‘Albergue municipal’. The services provided will include health assistance, three meals a day, and social services support in cooperation with the municipal social services. Read more … Continue reading Zaragoza – 198 beds for the homeless

Beşiktaş – Aid to residents

Beşiktaş Municipality has created an online service providing psychological, nutritional and physiotherapy services, as well as family counselling to all residents who have to stay at home. Read more about this service (in Turkish) here. Support from the municipality is also physical. Beşiktaş, besides its own extensive disinfection procedure, is handing out bags full of … Continue reading Beşiktaş – Aid to residents

Angers – Support local producers

Since outdoor markets have been banned in France, producers have been organizing to continue delivering fresh produce to inhabitants. In Angers, an initiative launched by the city allows residents to buy local produce in shops which are otherwise closed during the lockdown period. Shopkeepers provide market gardeners with a central site to sell their fruit … Continue reading Angers – Support local producers

Munich – Care for the elderly

Munich is working with its social department and municipal libraries to deliver a shopping service for older residents and those with disabilities. The association “Münchner Freiwillige”, which is sponsored by the social department, also helps with shopping, as well as everyday challenges, such as caring for pets (going for a walk, etc.). Read more (in … Continue reading Munich – Care for the elderly

Tallinn – Overview of measures

Tallinn has allocated a municipal food supply and 15,000 euro in financial contribution to the NGO Food Bank, it has kept two day-care centres in the city open 24h, the city library is reading books to children via Skype or by phone, and drones are used to give information in Estonian, Russian and English. Download … Continue reading Tallinn – Overview of measures

Sofia – Volunteer Platform

The Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova (in the picture with volunteers), has called on the Bulgarian capital’s citizens to volunteer time and energy to help those at risk – the elderly, people with long-term health problems, socially isolated. For a week, over 100 residents joined as volunteers, serving over 3,000 citizens who need assistance with … Continue reading Sofia – Volunteer Platform

Odemira – 500 quarantine places for foreign agricultural workers

In Odemira (Portugal) reside a significant number of foreign agricultural workers who often live in close quarters. The area hasn’t had many cases of COVID-19 yet, but the municipality believes it’s just a matter of time. This is why mayor José Alberto Guerreiro has prepared a prevention plan for quarantine that takes into account the need … Continue reading Odemira – 500 quarantine places for foreign agricultural workers

Angers – Traffic wardens go shopping for the elderly

During the corona containment period, the communal centre for social action (CCAS) in Angers has been offering a home shopping service to help the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those with low incomes. The service is available for every household in need once or twice a week, and is carried out not … Continue reading Angers – Traffic wardens go shopping for the elderly

Nice – Local shopping online

Created in partnership with the start-up Whishibam, the city of Nice is today launching a virtual trading platform, which will enable registered Nice merchants to easily sell their products and sell off their stock, generate immediate cash flow and benefit from a new showcase throughout the year. The launch of this virtual trade site in … Continue reading Nice – Local shopping online

Istanbul – Overview of measures

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has compiled a summary of measures and actions taken in the coronavirus crisis. They include disinfecting busses, stations and other public areas, food supply for the 16 million inhabitants, additional health services, housing for the homeless and the communication with the public via different channels. You can download the document here.

Vilnius – Masks for the elderly

Vilnius has given 2,000 reusable face masks to senior citizens. As the Lithuanian government is moving ahead with easing quarantine, free food support to the most vulnerable people is being replaced with reusable face masks. Seniors, disabled people and other Vilnius residents at risk, little by little are starting to move around the city and … Continue reading Vilnius – Masks for the elderly

Vienna – Gastro vouchers

When restaurant in Vienna opened on 15 May, the Vienna city government decided to support Viennese gastronomy with vouchers of €25 and €50 for food and non-alcoholic beverages for every household. In total, Vienna provided €40 million for this campaign. The campaign runs from June to September. 950,000 Viennese households will receive a voucher by … Continue reading Vienna – Gastro vouchers

Bordeaux – Citizen dialogues

Bordeaux is launching two participatory schemes this week: A consultation, which invites residents to put forward ideas for coming out of the crisis and for improvements to local life, and the creation of a Citizens’ Committee, which met for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, 5 May, by video conference with the Mayor of Bordeaux, … Continue reading Bordeaux – Citizen dialogues

Osmangazi – Disinfecting public spaces

The municipality of Osmangazi, Turkey, has disinfected more than 69,000 public locations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Parks, gardens, squares, streets, containers, public buildings and sanctuaries are cleaned regularly. Workplaces, especially in the food sector, are inspected in order to guarantee the healthy production process. At the entrances of marketplaces, disinfectants and surgical … Continue reading Osmangazi – Disinfecting public spaces

Ghent – Financial aid

Ghent’s Public Centre of Social Welfare will be able to pay out additional financial aid to any person who comes into financial difficulties, regardless of his or her status. In addition, 1,000 families received 60 euros in crisis support. The extra money is meant to absorb additional costs families are facing because the children do … Continue reading Ghent – Financial aid

Poznan – Shopping for seniors

Volunteers in the city of Poznan, Poland, go shopping for the elderly who have to stay at home during the COVID-19 confinement. Seniors over 60 years old who live alone and people with disabilities can get food, hygiene products and medicines through this service. The city has also established the ‘kindness line’ where elderly citizens … Continue reading Poznan – Shopping for seniors

Dusseldorf – Priority badge for nurses

Health workers, bus drivers, volunteers for social services and others working in relevant functional areas in Dusseldorf can get free use of public transport and taxis as well as permission to buy bigger amounts of foods and goods than stated in the regulations against panic buying. The city is handing out badges to those people, … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Priority badge for nurses

Bordeaux – Support to businesses

Bordeaux has implemented a range of measures to support the local economy and businesses. These include: Free parking in outdoor car parks. Exemption from terrace tax and taxes levied on the use of public space and advertising. Tourist tax to be paid in instalments, easing the pressure on businesses’ finances, in particular those in the … Continue reading Bordeaux – Support to businesses

Cardiff – Outdoor living

A new 240-seater outdoor covered eating area in Cardiff will allow customers to order food and drinks for delivery from a wide selection of restaurants and cafes using a QR code on site or by accessing an app. The idea is to allow businesses which could struggle to operate profitably indoors because of the two … Continue reading Cardiff – Outdoor living

Zaragoza – Citizen solidarity platform

Zaragoza City Council’s new digital platform aims to organise all the citizen solidarity actions in one place and connect people in need of help with those offering their help. Initiatives are focussed on how to help the most vulnerable citizens in their daily lives, such as going to the food store, calling elderly people living … Continue reading Zaragoza – Citizen solidarity platform

Milan – Reopening shops and restaurants

Milan moves its first steps towards a new normality with the opening of all its retail activities, as regional governments will be allowed to reopen bars, restaurants, hairdressers, barbers and beauty parlours from 18 May.  On top of the sanitary measures imposed by the regional government, the city implemented ad hoc protocols for the reopening … Continue reading Milan – Reopening shops and restaurants

Florence – Digital solutions

Florence is using a digital approach to adjusting to the covid landscape. The city has organised the following initiatives: Web Portal for the promotion of open and home delivery shops – http://www.lebotteghedifirenze.it – more than 500 shops registered since lockdown Asking for an economic contribution in tickets to buy food for people having businesses affected … Continue reading Florence – Digital solutions

Leeds – Support for rough sleepers and homeless

Together with the Leeds Street Support Delivery Team and partners out on the streets in the day and night, outreach work is continuing across the city directly engaging with those in need. The city council is continuing to offer people that are sleeping rough or homeless a variety of help which includes access to permanent … Continue reading Leeds – Support for rough sleepers and homeless

Nantes – Supporting citizens’ initiatives

On 20 March, the City of Nantes set up a mutual aid platform to collect donations, facilitate and support initiatives, recruit citizen volunteers and collect information on the needs of the people of Nantes. The 15 or so agents involved were able to ensure 2,000 contacts and connections. Nearly 750 Nantes citizens have applied for … Continue reading Nantes – Supporting citizens’ initiatives

Bristol – Campaign to support community

Bristol is repurposing the campaign #WeAreBristol, launched in 2019 to challenge people to overcome their differences and focus on what they have in common. Now, during and after the Covid-19 crisis, the campaign is being used and expanded to increase community collaboration and resilience. This includes the setting up the ‘We are Bristol’ Coronavirus hotline … Continue reading Bristol – Campaign to support community

Thessaloniki – Overview of measures

During the COVID-19 lockdown in Greece, “Home Assistants” help vulnerable groups in Thessaloniki with their daily needs like shopping food or medicines. The municipality provides daily meals for people in need, supported by local restaurants. And the city’s tv channel broadcasts lessons for students as well as messages from children to their grandparents.

Florence – Mayor Dario Nardella: “Europe must be united“

In light of the economic damage as result of the corona pandemic, the mayor of the Italian city of Florence, Dario Nardella, calls for a united Europe. Florence has more than 1,000 positive cases of corona. “The city is very committed to helping the elderly population, to building quarantine structures and, through a €2 million fund, to … Continue reading Florence – Mayor Dario Nardella: “Europe must be united“