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For information on 'How to donate to the Food Bank' please see Ludlow Food Bank Facebook page.

The food bank in Ludlow is a ministry of 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 Food Bank phone number is: 07896 706189


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We have volunteers on duty 11a.m. - 1p.m. Monday to 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 Food Bank Report September 2020

 

Overall in 2020 so far, the food bank has been busier than it has been in any previous year. This is probably to be expected in a year dominated by a major pandemic. We have now given out 427 food parcels with enough food to feed 902 people for a week. In 2019 we gave out our 427th food parcel on 5th December, and prior to that 315 was the most food parcels we had given out in any year.

This year has been very difficult for so many people, and often the time of financial difficulty has been quite prolonged. We have given 173 repeat parcels this year, and 20 households have had more than 3 parcels from us. When all the repeats are removed, we have helped 538 different individuals of all age groups.

The following table and graph show the family demographics for the people we have helped. Single men still make up the largest group,(27.4%) but if we combine single parent families and two parent families, that would make up the largest group at 38.4%.

2020 September Report 1a


2020 September Report 2a

The graph above shows the number of children we have helped each month. The total number helped is 328.
We were fully expecting an increase in family referrals in August, but as can be seen this did not happen. In fact August was the month in which the fewest children were helped. I suspect that this is because the free school meal vouchers were continued during the summer holidays following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford. It is interesting to note however that many other food banks in Shropshire did see an increase in demand
during the school holidays.

Number of Food Parcels given out each month

2020 September Report 2b

April, March, January and July have been our busiest months, and in May after a hectic time, we decided to open 5 days a week instead of 4 days. This meant that July didn’t seem too busy, and August and September have definitely been manageable – in fact there have been one or two days where there was nothing for the volunteers to do except tidy up generally – there is always something to tidy up or date check.

2020 September Report 3a
Delays or problems with benefit payments are still the most common reason for needing a food parcel at 36.1%. In 2019 the proportion of food parcels given to people in this category was 48%, so other factors have definitely come in to play this year. As can be seen from the graph below 34 food parcels went to people who were affected purely by Covid, and back in February several people were affected by the floods.

2020 September Report 3b

As can be seen from the graph above 85.7% of our food parcels have gone to people living in Ludlow itself. Cleobury Mortimer, Church Stretton and Craven Arms do all have their own food banks, but sometimes the referring social worker has been unaware of that, or the person cannot wait until they open, so they have been referred to Ludlow.

2020 September Report 7a

As can be seen from the graph above 85.7% of our food parcels have gone to people living in Ludlow itself. Cleobury Mortimer, Church Stretton and Craven Arms do all have their own food banks, but sometimes the referring social worker has been unaware of that, or the person cannot wait until they open, so they have been referred to Ludlow.

Referring Agencies

2020 September Report 8a

The Agency that has referred the most people this year has been the Job Centre. Things have been very different this year with many people working from home, and many places closed altogether. We have seen a big increase in self-referrals, but have felt that people generally don’t ask for a food parcel unless they are desperate. We do keep a very good record of who has the parcels, and if someone requests too many, there have been
occasions where we have turned them down. When people ask in person, I will ask them questions, partly to see if I can signpost them to other agencies that can help, and to verify their need.

Age Range of Food Parcel Recipients

2020 September Report 9

We have seen more people over the age of 65 this year, this has mainly been people who were shielding and had no help with shopping. Thankfully Hands Together Ludlow and Pulling Together Ludlow have been very helpful, so the numbers are not too high.

Day on which parcels have been collected

2020 September Report 10


For our volunteers, Wednesday has been our busiest day, and Tuesday the quietest. We did not start opening on Tuesday until May so this is not surprising.

The Next Few Months

As a food bank we are now needing to think about the next few months. We have been enjoying Fareshare food from Tesco in Kidderminster, but that has now stopped. We work closely with Hands Together Ludlow who supply us with freshly prepared meals which we freeze and give out in food parcels.

October is usually a wonderful time for us, as many churches, schools and other groups have been blessing us with harvest collections. Some harvest collections are still happening, but as many places are still closed, we may not see as much food as usual coming in. We have been able to benefit from donations from DEFRA, and the Independent Food Aid network has been very helpful.

Because we have been able to apply for some grants during lockdown and beyond, we have been able to start a butcher voucher scheme whereby we give out vouchers in our food parcels. They can be exchanged at Ludlow butchers for meat. We have also been giving out fruit and veg vouchers that can be used at Farmers and The Fruit basket. This gives people more choice, and supports local businesses. We are hoping to be able to give out deli vouchers for Christmas.

We are being warned that there will be a lot of people made redundant in the near future, so we have been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we will be able to respond to the need as it arises.

Then of course, we need to be ready for Christmas which is always a very busy time.

I want to thank all our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make up food parcels, deliver those that cannot be collected, sort out stock, collect donations from several sources, go shopping for items we need and go to local grocers to pay for our vouchers. We also have volunteers checking our accounts, keeping our Facebook page up to date, applying for grants and many other tasks. Without the help of so many people we would not be able to do what we do, and are so grateful. Everyone connected to the Food Bank is a volunteer, so any money we do receive is used to provide food to those who need it.

Below is a photo of one of our volunteers (Philip) at the food bank.

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