- 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
Please do not ring the church number as all food bank enquiries must go through the number above
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
Ludlow Food Bank 2021 report
2021 has been another extremely busy year for Ludlow Food Bank.
We thought that 2020 would be our busiest year ever, but 2021 ended up being even busier. It has been a lot of hard work for a lot of people, and we are very grateful to all our volunteers and donors.
As you know, we are entirely run by volunteers, and all of us give our time freely to help local people who are in crisis.
Unfortunately there are a lot of people living in Ludlow who need our help. Some on a regular basis, and many as a “one off”. We wish that this wasn’t the case, but we want to help where we can.
Family Type of People we have helped
As can be seen from the charts above, we gave out 567 food parcels during 2021. These parcels contained enough food to feed 1386 people including 537 children. When we removed all the repeat parcels, we helped 803 different individuals living in or near Ludlow. All of these numbers are our highest yet.
Our previous highest was in 2020 where we gave out 560 food parcels, with enough food for 1202 people, including 441 children, and we helped 658 individuals.
This is the first time I have looked at this contrast, and am shocked at the increase in numbers. 2021 felt extremely busy, and now I can see why.
Although the number of parcels is similar, in 2021 we helped more families than previously. 2021 is the first time that Single Parent Families have had the largest share of our food parcels. In the past it has been single men.
It is clear that families with children were struggling more in 2021.
The above graph shows how many children we helped each month in 2021. In December we helped feed 114 local children. The largest number we had helped in one month before this was 80 in November 2021, and then 72 in May 2020. We thought that the May 2020 total would never be repeated.
The following graph shows how many food parcels we gave out per month in 2021:
The number of parcels, and the number of children helped each month correlate quite well.
We started to keep a new statistic last year, this was number of people helped per day:
This has also been broken down to a monthly graph:
This has been very useful for our supply manager, as she can see at a glance which days have been busy, and therefore how much shopping is required.
As can be seen from the above graph, the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas were extremely busy. In the 4 days of 20th - 23rd December we gave out enough food to feed 92 people for a week. That is a lot of food!
During December we also gave out a “Christmas Hamper” with each food parcel, as well as 52 specially nominated Christmas hampers.
Christmas Hampers waiting to be delivered.
Location of Food Parcel recipients.
As can be seen from the chart above, 77.2% of our parcels went to people living in Ludlow itself. We have also supplied 39 food parcels to people living in Craven Arms and 20 to people living in Bucknell. All of the other villages and towns have been in single figures, so are a very small proportion.
In common with 2020, the largest referrers have been people contacting us asking for a food parcel for themselves. We preferred it when people were referred via social services, but now that our contact details are in the public domain it is difficult to reverse this trend.
We try to understand the problems that are being faced by the person, and signpost them to other agencies when we can.
Shropshire Council are trying to offer more of a “Cash first” solution to people who are struggling, but help from them usually involves a long phone call, and this can put people off.
Reasons Given for needing a food parcel
Benefit delays or sanctions are still the biggest reason given for needing a food parcel, but simply not having enough money, even for people who are working, is catching up. We have seen a drop in homelessness, which is mostly down to the fact that homeless people are no longer housed in either of the Ludlow Travelodges.
The “Other” reasons given for needing a food parcel are shown in the chart above. 19 cases were purely down to Covid 19 - often having to isolate, and being unable to access food online. 14 food parcels were given to people who had suffered domestic abuse, and 7 were for people who had run out of money having just moved to a new home. 5 people were victims of theft.
As well as giving out ambient food, we also give out vouchers which can be spent at several of our independent food shops.
We give vouchers for the green grocers - Farmers and the Fruit Basket. We also give vouchers for the butchers - Walls, Griffiths and Carters. This year has seen the launch of baker vouchers - Waltons (also sold at Carters), Prices and Swifts. We also give out “Deli” vouchers in December - The Mousetrap, Harp Lane Deli, Broad Bean and Cicchetti.
This has proved very successful, and we have bought back over £19,000 worth of vouchers at these local shops. This has the added benefit of supporting local businesses, and enabling people to buy fresh food of their choice.
For our volunteers, the following chart shows how many parcels were collected each day:
So each day was busy, but Friday was a bit busier than the other days.
New Fuel Poverty Scheme for 2022
In 2022 we will be taking over the Fuel Poverty Scheme from the Furniture Scheme.
This is quite a limited fund, so we will need to be careful with this money. We plan to only provide help with fuel payments to people who are referred by external agencies. Currently, I believe, the biggest referrer to the fuel poverty scheme is Connexus.
We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us this year:
- Ludlow Baptist Church for continuing to give us a home.
- Our management committee who all work so hard.
- Working Together who help us to sort and check any donations - what a fantastic job they all do.
- All our volunteers who make up food parcels.
- All our shoppers who keep us stocked up.
- All our delivery drivers, who take food parcels to people who can’t collect them.
- All our collection box emptiers.
- All the places around town which have collection boxes.
- The local traders who accept our vouchers.
- Anyone who has donated money or food to us.
- Schools, churches and organisations who have arranged collections for us.
- Hands Together Ludlow for all your help.
- Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance.
- Our cooks who make frozen ready meals.
- The lovely ladies who provided us with Christmas presents for children - toys, books and beautiful handmade quilts.
I hope I haven’t missed anyone - you are all so important to the running of this scheme.