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
First Quarterly Report 2018
We are very grateful to so many people who were very generous to us during December, as we had an incredibly busy January with 34 food parcels given out in 31 days.
In 2016 it took us until 20th April to give away the 34th food parcel of the year. In 2017 it was the 24th February.
February continued to have high demand, until half-term when referrals slowed, and in February and March we gave away 21 parcels per month.
There were a number of large families who were in crisis, and the following chart shows the number of children helped each month.
The Table and chart above show the family type that needed a food parcel. The largest family type is once again single males.
The figure in red shows how much food we have given away. We have given away enough food to feed 176 people for a week - that is quite a lot of food! Because some parcel recipients have taken longer than a week to solve the crsis they were in, we have given 12 repeat parcels. When we remove the repeats (some families, some single people), we have helped 159 different individuals in and around Ludlow in the last three months.
68 of the 76 food parcels have gone to people living in Ludlow itself. The other 8 have gone to people living in local towns or villages.
Reasons for needing a food parcel
The most common reason for needing a food parcel has once again been problems or delays in receiving benefits.
We have given 12 food parcels to people that have been homeless. Of the 12 parcels given to homeless people, 2 went to a man living in a tent, 3 went to people staying on friends' sofas and 7 went to people placed in temporary accommodation at the Travelodge.
People staying at the Travelodge only have a kettle to heat food. We now have a 'Kettle Pack' section at the food bank with instant food that only requires hot water. We also now have a chest freezer which is being used to store surplus bread from Tesco & Swifts bakery. Being able to give people bread has been a real step forward.
One couple who have had 2 food parcels tried to manage as best they could after the husband lost his job. He is approaching retirement age. He really did not want to rely on benefits, but asking around for jobs was not very successful. The wife looks after a neighbour so feels that she can't look for a job as her neighbour falls quite frequently and is reliant on her. Eventually their savings ran out so the husband decided to go to the Job Centre. He didn't realise there would be a 5-6 week wait before any benefits would be paid. They were so grateful for the food parcels and have promised to bring food to us in the future.
Once again I should like to thank every person who has donated food or money to us, and to our lovely volunteers who come in to make up the food parcels. We really couldn't do without you.