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
Third Quarterly Report – September 2018
The food bank has continued to be very busy, we have already given away 5 more parcels than we did in the whole of 2017, and we are still on target to have the busiest year ever. This is despite the fact that the area we provide food to has reduced since 2014. This year, more than 87% of the food parcels we have given away have gone to people living in Ludlow itself. All the other parcels have gone to people living in
The table and graph below show the demographics of the people needing food parcels. The largest group is still single men.
Where it says “Total number of people helped” this means that we have given away enough food to feed 456 people for a week. Each single food parcel contains 4 shopping bags full of food, we have given away 456 x 4 = 1824 shopping bags so far this year.
When we take out people who have had a repeat parcel, we have helped 333 different individuals this year. That is about 3% of people living in Ludlow have needed to use the food bank this year.
January has been the busiest month for us this year, but August and September haven’t been too far behind. Busier months tend to see more children helped. So far this year we have helped 165 children.
By far the most common reason for needing a food parcel is problems or delays in receiving benefit payments.
Several of the people with health issues could have been put into the “benefit” group, as they have had their ESA (Employment and Support Allowance – which has replaced incapacity benefit) stopped after having been assessed as fit for work. On appeal the ESA is often reinstated, but in the meantime there is no income, so they
have to rely on the food bank.
Universal Credit is now being rolled out fully for residents of Ludlow. It is quite complicated. Not everyone will have to apply for Universal Credit. If however someone’s circumstances change, e.g. they lose their job, they become widowed, they start a low paying part time job, then they will have to apply for UC (Universal Credit).
For the first 5 weeks after claiming there will be no payment at all. The claimant can take out a loan against their future payments, but that then leaves them short of money for sometime unless they get a good job. If they are not in full time employment, they must be seeking work and they will have to travel to Leominster every week for the first 13 weeks to see their Job Coach. They also have to fill in an online diary detailing all the things they have done to find employment.
The travel expenses will also not be reimbursed unless the person lives over an hour away door-to-door from the nearest Job Centre Plus. Leominster is less than an hour away even by bus.
These changes are causing difficulties. We were helping one couple who did not get any payments for 12 weeks.
Who refers people for a food parcel
As you can see from the chart below there are many agencies who refer people to us.
Food Festival Stall
On the Sunday of the Ludlow Food Festival, Ludlow Food Bank and Hands Together Ludlow shared a stall on the market square. This was to raise awareness about what we do. It was fairly successful with quite a number of people stopping to talk to us.
We put on display what goes into a food parcel.
Improvements in the service we supply
2. Recipe leaflets
3. Fruit and veg vouchers
I outlined in the June report the above 3 initiatives.
4. Collection box in Tesco
We now have a collection box installed in Tesco for any shoppers
to place kind donations in.
It is easier than having to deliver donations to the food bank.
We have several volunteers who have signed up to collecting the donations and bringing them to the food bank.
It is still early days as yet, but we have had a full box full
of donations, and hope that this is a sign of things to come!
There has been a shift in the way people donate food to us. Previously we have been blessed with sufficient food to mostly match the amount of food we give away. Recently some people have preferred to give us regular monitary gifts instead – tinned food can be very heavy and awkward to bring to us. This still works, although
sometimes we have had to do 2 or 3 large shops in a week. We can however keep a check on our stocks and buy what is needed. Without those donations we could not give food away.
Everyone associated with the food bank is a volunteer – nobody is paid for the time they devote to the food bank. We are very grateful to the many people who give their time, energy, money and donations to the food bank.
We now have a Facebook Page “Ludlow Food Bank”.
It is now that time of year where we need to be thinking about Christmas. We will again be giving out Christmas hampers with every food parcel given out in December (Max 1 hamper per household). It is always a very busy time at the food bank.
Quotes – Below are real quotes from real people that we have helped.
On behalf of the 333 people we have helped this year, I would like to thank everyone for their interest, their kindness and all the donations (food and money) we have been given. We really could not do it without you.
Thank you so much