Food and personal care packs to be delivered to thousands of needy Victorians in self-isolation

Emergency packs for thousands of vulnerable Victorians in mandatory self-isolation will be distributed from this week.

Government authorities are also developing a monitoring system to keep track of people who are required to go into self-isolation after returning from overseas.

About 6000 food and personal care packages, which include a two-week supply of goods, are ready for distribution. They were assembled by Foodbank Victoria and will be distributed through the Red Cross.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said the packages were only for isolated people who could not rely on family or friends to deliver food and other basics.

"We very much need to reach out to those people in the community who don't have support, those people who don't have family, friends, neighbours and the like who could potentially provide them with assistance during a period of self-isolation," he said.

The packs include long-life milk, pasta, canned fruit, cereal and sugar. Personal care items like deodorant and toothpaste will also be included, while specialised items like nappies will be provided to those who need them.

The packs will be delivered starting Monday and can be accessed by calling Victoria's coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Mr Donnellan said the packages would be triaged, decided on a needs basis, to ensure they reached the people who needed them most.

The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with distribution points to be established if required.

The government is urging those who are self-sufficient, or who have family or friends who can assist them, not to apply for the packages, in order to ensure those who are in the most need are able to access the scheme.

"We will be making assessments of those who are most needy in these difficult circumstances," he said.

"This is not a generalised food service."

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