The food bank in Ludlow is housed in Ludlow Baptist Church, but is supported by all the churches in Ludlow.
We give food parcels to people in crisis situations, who are referred to us.
The contact phone number is 07896 706 189.
We have volunteers on duty 11a.m. - 1p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,when agency workers or parcel recipients can collect their parcels.
We do not offer an automatic delivery service, but parcels can be delivered by special arrangement.
Address: Ludlow Baptist Church, Rockspring Community Centre, Sandford Road, Ludlow, SY8 1SX
Ludlow CTAL Food Bank
Showing God’s love to people in crisis
Ludlow Food Bank Half Yearly Report June 2019
Ludlow Food Bank continues to be very busy, both in giving away food parcels, and new ventures.
This Year has seen some lovely positive things:
• We have been made “Charity of the Year” by the mayor of Ludlow, along with Pricklebums Hedgehog Charity. He is hoping to raise £2000 for each charity this year.
• We have received a grant from Meres and Mosses Housing Association to increase storage in the room we use – something that was sorely needed.
• Lower Broad Street Residents Association have raised over £600 for us from a plant and produce sale during the Fringe Festival. This money will be used to increase the value of the fruit and vegetable vouchers we give out.
We have also had the busiest 6 months ever in terms of giving out food – particularly May 2019.
We have given out 207 food parcels, with enough food to feed 524 people for a week, including 240 children. Some people have had more than one parcel, as it has taken more than a week for their crisis to be resolved. When we remove repeat parcels, we have helped 371 different individuals so far this year.
In 2018 we helped 451 individuals, and 2017 it was 315 individuals over the whole year, so we have surpassed that already this year in 6 months.
We have helped a lot of large families this year, which has meant that our food supplies have been running out frequently. As a result our financial reserves are being depleted quite rapidly. Many people are really struggling at present, usually dur to an unexpected crisis.
The Following charts show the family types and individuals within those families that have had food parcels:
The following chart shows the number of parcels given out each month:
Thankfully we have been there to help families in crisis. The following Chart shows how many children (with their families) were helped each month:
May shows an unprecidented number of children being helped – before that the most children we had helped in one month was 50 in December 2015. In the last 5 years the average number of children helped each month has been 18. The thought of so many children facing hunger has really been quite upsetting.
Reasons for needing a food parcel
The most common reason for needing a food parcel has been problems with benefits. This may be mistakes, delays or sanctions.
We have seen a small increase in the numbers of people fleeing domestic violence, which is why there is now a seperate category for this.
Most of the homeless people have been staying with friends (“sofa surfing”) or housed at the Travelodge. There is one man who is living in a tent.
South Shropshire Housing Association, Citizens Advise Bureau and churches have been the largest referrers this year.
We are very grateful for all donations of food or money, the food we give out is mostly in tins or packets, although we do have a freezer where we can store frozen ready meals. These are sometimes brought to us following house clearances. We have collection points in Tesco, One Stop (Tower Street and East Hamlets), Broad Street Methodist Church, St Laurences church, Ludlow Baptist Church (Rockspring Centre), White Stuff and many churches in local villages.
Look out for us on 29th August at the Mayor’s charity market. We will have a stall where we will be raising awareness, and hopefully some money for the Food Bank.
Many thanks for all you support, we really couldn’t do it without you.
Ruth Davies (Co-Ordinator)