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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

 

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Ludlow CTAL Food Bank

Showing God’s love to people in crisis

September 2019 Report

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Thank you to everyone who has supported Ludlow food bank this year and in previous years. Your help really is invaluable.

Everyone who works at the food bank is a volunteer, the Baptist church do not charge us for the room and they pay the bills for the mobile phone. Our only costs are for food, or paying the green grocers for fruit and vegetable vouchers which we give out with food parcels.

From 1st January 2019 to the end of September 2019 we helped 500 different people many of whom are completely new to us.

This year has been extremely busy, by far the busiest yet.

There have been some very positive thing as well, we have been made one of the Mayor’s “Charities of the Year”, an honour we share with “Pricklebums hedgehog charity”. We were given a grant of £4,500 by Connexus which has enabled us to put in a lot more storage space and shelving in the food bank room – it was getting quite crowded and messy. Many thanks to Rob for all his hard work and skill in improving the food bank.

In 2018 we gave away 315 food parcels, this was by far the most that we had ever given out in a year. The average number of food parcels given out just prior to that in 2014 – 2017 was 215 per year.

So far in 2019 (with probably our busiest 3 months to go) we have already given out 334 food parcels. That is in 273 days.
It is likely that we will reach 450 food parcels by the end of December.


Table showing Family types that have needed food parcels

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Once again the biggest group of people we have helped is single men.

We have helped 332 children whose families have needed food parcels, some families have needed repeat parcels, so these children will be added to the total more than once.


Number of food Parcels given out each month

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Prior to 2019, the most food parcels we had given out in one month was 44, so January and then August have broken records. At 48 and 49.

In terms of the amount of food going out, May was in fact our busiest month. I had to go shopping 2 or 3 times a week in May, just to keep the shelves stocked. Each shop was £200 - £400 worth of food. The reason for this comes clear in the graph below that shows how many children we helped each month:

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Before this year, the average number of children helped each month was 22.This year the average is 37. This has been raised by the exceptional peak in May. I don’t know why May was so difficult for people. The total is 332.

This year 84% of our food parcels went to people living in Ludlow itself. Thirty food parcels went to people in Craven Arms, Clee Hill or Cleobury Mortimer.

In October Cleobury Mortimer are opening their own food bank, which will hopefully reduce our numbers a little. Currently people in Cleobury Mortimer have to travel to either Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Tenbury Wells or Ludlow for a food parcel. Obviously this is very difficult if you are so short of money that you need to use a food bank.
The remaining 24 food parcels went to people in villages close to Ludlow.


Reasons for needing a food parcel


There are many reasons why a person or family might need a food parcel, but the most common reason is delays or problems with benefit payments.
The following chart shows this quite clearly.

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We have given away 57 food parcels to people who are classed as homeless. This ranges from staying with a friend, being housed in the Travelodge, living in a tent or sleeping rough. Many homeless people have had multiple food parcels.

At the beginning of the year we saw quite an increase in the number of people coming to us who were victims of domestic violence. I decided to make this a separate category. Thankfully, since then the prevalence of domestic violence has decreased. We have given 12 food parcels to people or families in this position.

People who come to the food bank are referred to us by several agencies. South Shropshire Housing Association remains the agency that refers the most people to us. This is followed by CAB.

We also work closely with Hands Together Ludlow, and our aim is to reduce food waste and get food surpluses to the people who need food.
We have seen some terribly sad situations, including people being robbed or defrauded, domestic violence, people with serious health problems, people with mental health problems, and one man whose home was destroyed.

We want to be able to carry on helping people in crisis situations, and have had to start holding fund raising events.
In previous years many people have been extremely generous to us, and we have not had to worry about money in the past. This year, however the demand has increased so much that we have spent over £9,000 on food.
This leaves our reserves very much depleted.

We look forward to harvest, as often this is a time when our shelves are stocked up, and we have historically had very generous donations at Christmas from many organisations, businesses and churches.

We also have the promise of money from the mayor next year. So we plan to carry on and meet the challenge of increased demand. We may need to open 5 days a week, as Wednesdays have been incredibly busy as shown in the graph below:


Number of Food Parcels given out on each day of the week

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There have been 40 Wednesdays so far this year, so an average of 3 food parcels going out every Wednesday. There have been some very quiet Wednesdays (only 1 food parcel) and there have been a lot where 6 food parcels have gone out in one day.

We may also need to have regular fund raising events.

Thank you again to every one who has supported us, and is supporting us regularly. We really couldn’t do it without you.

 

 Ruth Davies

 

 

 

 

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