Asda launches shopping card for vulnerable Britons to get contact-free delivery

Asda has launched a ‘volunteer shopping card’ to make shopping easier for the vulnerable who are self-isolating. The card is a contact free way for them to get a delivery from a volunteer.


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Needy Britons are being urged to use helpful neighbours to get their shopping.

Neighbours are similarly being urged to ask those living near them in they need help getting a delivery of their shopping.

Doing this helps to ease the home delivery burden on supermarkets, meaning as many needy people can get food as possible.

Asda’s ‘volunteer shopping card’ allows the vulnerable to top up the card online, thus allowing their neighbour to shop for them.

The scheme has been designed to create a “contact free” and safe way for people to provide funds to those shopping on their behalf.

Customers can buy a “volunteer shopping card” online and then keep topping it up, up to £150 worth of credit, which volunteers can then use to buy essential groceries.

From today, customers can go to to sign up – where they will then be able to buy a voucher, ready for use.

The customer or their volunteer will then receive a barcode via email that can be used to pay for the shopping.

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In a continued effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the volunteer shopping card provides an easy solution for those self-isolating to pay for shopping, without the added hassle or risk of using cash or debit cards.

It gives customers confidence that they don’t need to share card details, whilst reducing contact with volunteers who are helping to drop much needed essentials straight the doorsteps of those in need, as safely as possible.

Roger Burnley, CEO and President of Asda, said: “We are continuing to work around the clock to look for new ways to support communities through COVID-19.

“Over the last two weeks we’ve brought in over 50 million core essentials for our customers. We have also made over 37,000 deliveries to our stores, ensuring our shops are safe and well stocked for our customers to visit.

“We are working with DEFRA on ensuring the most vulnerable in society have access to food, as well as encouraging those who can shop in stores to do so – so that we can focus our growing online capacity on those who do need to stay indoors.


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“We know that many people are relying on others in this time of need, and it is amazing to see how the country has come together and so many volunteers are giving their time to help others, so we wanted to help make it easier for them with this simple payment solution.”

Asda is one of the supermarkets to yet again have changed their shopping rules amid the pandemic. 

Asda has asked shoppers to come to the store alone where possible.

Limiting the number of people from each household entering the store will help protect the safety of staff and customers.

Asda explained in a series of tweets: “Everyone in the UK is being asked by the government to shop sensibly and only when required. Where needed, we are limiting the total number of shoppers we allow into a store at any one time.

“If possible, it would help us greatly if you could bring fewer family members when visiting our stores. This will help us maintain social distancing guidelines we already have in place.”

When are Asda delivery slots released?

You can book a delivery slot, or click and collect service via the Asda website.

It’s worth keeping an eye on the website to see when the delivery slots will be released, check back every day.

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