If you’re finding it difficult to pay your council tax, having problems with housing or struggling to put food on the table – Shropshire Council has various grants and schemes which can help people who are in tough situations. Get in touch with the Council as soon as you can – they are there to help you. 


Shropshire Council are keen to help anyone unable to afford food or other essentials due to Covid19. They can help with grants, food support – including access to priority shopping slots, support for those living in rural areas and more.

Get in touch ASAP on 0345 6789028


This fund can be used to help anyone in financial hardship with their immediate needs. Rather than a cash grant, it can be used to get you “in kind” support – such as food, furniture and fuel credits. You can apply over the phone, online or with your support worker.

Contact the Welfare Reform and Support Team on 0345 678 9078 or visit the website for more info.

Council Tax Support

If you’re on low income you can receive support with paying your Council tax. If you are struggling to pay its worth getting in touch with them as they can check if you’re getting all you’re entitled to or might be able to offer you a discretionary housing payment.

Visit their website for more info

Discretionary Housing Payment

If the amount you receive from housing benefit or universal credit is not enough to pay your rent, or you need money to move into a new place you may qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment.  Make sure you have details of your finances to hand as they will ask you this to assess your eligibility. 

To apply call 0345 678 9002

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The following local cafes, businesses and organisations are providing free food to children on free school meals outside of term time, in Shropshire and Telford.

To find out how you can apply for free school meals, cheap packed lunch ideas or community food projects that could help you go here.

Please share and tag Shropshire Larder in any other participating cafes:


High Town Grill Bridgnorth

Offering a hot takeaway meal to anyone struggling to feed their children. See their Facebook

5-6 Waterloo Terrace, Bridgnorth WV16 4EG

Little Green House Childcare

Free packed lunches available for collection - proof of free school meals required.

Message on Facebook, call 01746 765766 or e-mail littlegreenhousecoordinator@outlook.com


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtime, meal or packed lunch for children for families on low income, Universal Credit or struggling to make ends meet.

After half term will be donating packed lunch bags for collection every Thursday evening for children to take to school for lunch on Friday.

65 St Marys, WV16 4DR

Butlers of Bridgnorth 

A sandwich or toasty with crisps and a drink for lunch or as takeaway. 

Available to those who are entitled to free school meals. 

47, WHITBURN ST Bridgnorth WV16 4QT 

01746 765930 

Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am - 2pm Friday and Saturday 9.30am - 4.30 pm and Sunday 10-2.

Bishop's Castle

Happy Bap

Free packed lunches to those who qualify for free school meals.

12PM - 2PM on Monday and Thursday

Send a message via Facebook or text 07585771602

Church Stretton

The Green Dragon & The Pound

Food for people on free school meals - proof required.

The Green Dragon is serving Little Stretton and Church Stretton, The Pound is serving Leebotwood and Church Stretton.

Let them know which venue you would like to pick up from.

01694 722925


Castle Lodge Buttery

A free meal to anyone on free school meals - for October half term and Christmas. Proof required. Call or message on Facebook to place an order for collection.

01584 873628

Castle Square, SY8 1AY

Carters Sausages

Free 1LB for families on free school meals - proof required.

12 Coder Rd, Ludlow SY8 1XE

Parkway Tasca Bar

Free food for kids and adults on Monday and Tuesday 12PM until 1.30PM.

Open to all.

6 Parkway, Off Corve Street, SY8 2PG

The Fruit Basket

A fruit pack to families with kids on free school meals. Proof required.

2-3 Church Street, Ludlow SY8 1AP

Market Drayton

The Town House

Donated meals to Market Drayton food bank.

Red Bull Inn

Kids packed lunch. Message them on Facebook the night before to arrange collection. No proof required.

Great Hales Street, TF9 1JP

Root Food

Free meals for anyone in need

Monday - Friday, 12PM - 2PM



Liar Liar

Free meals through their pay it forward scheme.

2 Albion Hill, SY11 1QA

Town House Bar & Brasserie

Free meals to children Tuesday - Friday.

35 Willow St, Oswestry SY11 1AQ


Free packed lunch for those that need them, no questions asked.

Message on Facebook or call them 01691 652632 to arrange a pick up - in confidence.


Summer House Interiors

Message their Facebook page to arrange a collection with some proof of receiving free school meals.

Café on the Cop

Providing a free treat for kids, either go in store or message them on Facebook if you can't make it into town.

20 Wyle Cop, SY1 1XB

The Packed Lunch Club

Free packed lunch available to any child or family who needs it.

Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October, 11AM - 2PM

The UGC Castle Street

01743 244532

Three Fishes

Jacket potatoes, baguettes and wraps to anyone struggling to feed their children.

Message on Facebook

4 Fish Street, SY1 1UR

The Shire Fryer

Free kids sausage and chips or fish and chips to any child of school age.

Monday - Friday, 12 - 1PM

3 London Road

The Bull

Packed lunches available for collection Monday - Friday.

Message on Facebook

7 Butcher Row, SY1 1UW

The Lantern Cafe

Free lunch bags to children on free school meals - proof required.

Meadow Farm Drive, Sundorne, SY1

The Crown at Coleham

Kids eat free - not conditional. Includes a free cordial.

Monday - Friday

115 Longden Road, SY3 7DX

Stop Coffee Shop

All food ordered from the children's menu will be free - not conditional.

12PM - 3PM, Monday - Friday

3 St Julians Crescent, SY1 1UD


Children eat free. Order on Zoom Food.


Free children's meals, Monday - Saturday. Available to eat in or takeaway, no proof required.

10AM - 3PM.

Baptist Church, Claremont St, Shrewsbury SY1 1QG

St Nicholas

Free takeaway children's meals, one meal per school age child.

Wednesday - Friday, 12PM - 2PM

Call 01743 588110 to pre-order.

White Horse Shrewsbury

Free lunchboxes for collection - no proof required.

Message on Facebook the day before.

Shrewsbury Fish Bar

One free meal per child - must be eligible for free school meals.

Monday-Friday, 12PM - 2PM


Free pasta dish or flatbread margarita pizza to families who usually receive free school meals - proof required.

E-mail info@love2stay.co.uk to place an order for collection.

Dough and Oil

E-mail hello@doughandoil.com and your kids can eat free between 12PM and 3PM over half term. For anyone struggling.

18 Castle Street

The Anchor Inn

A portion of pasta bolognese available for any families struggling on Wednesday 28th October. Just turn up or message on Facebook to arrange delivery.

137 Frankwell, SY3 8JX


Bright Star Boxing

Food hampers available for collection, if local delivery may be possible. Email brightstarboxing@gmail.com or call 07792303118


Free lunches to struggling families. Call Lara on 0789811282


Green Fields Farm Shop

Station Rd, Donnington, Telford TF2 8JY

Message on Facebook to arrange a collection with some proof you receive free school meals

Bowring Park Café

Bowring Park Café, Bowring Park Haygate Road Wellington, Telford TF1 1QX

Free lunches to all children under 13 accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Monday - Friday: 11.30AM - 2PM

Ollitory at Roden Garden Centre

just off Roden Lane, Roden, Telford  Free meals to all children.

Dawley Town Council

Free weekly breakfast parcels for families in our community who are in receipt of free school meals. For more info call Sarah 07876 401714.

Wrekin View Café

Wrekin View Primary School in Wellington has a Community Fridge and is also opening a community café over half term offering free hot food and drink to families in need.

Click link for more details

The Golden Ball

Free meal to children on free school meals - with proof required. Free refills on hot drinks for parents.

Monday - Friday, 1PM - 5PM

1 Newbridge Road, Ironbridge, Telford


The Fruitful Deli

Free lunch bags available from 10.30AM Monday for anyone on free school meals or struggling.

17 High St, Wem, Shrewsbury SY4 5AA

If you are worried about how you are going to manage until you get your first Universal Credit payment, there is help available:

Contact your local food bank

Food banks across Shropshire know that this can be a very difficult time and they can support you with food until you get your first payment.  They are used to helping people in your exact situation, so will be understanding and non-judgemental. Usually you need to get a referral, but your local food bank will be able to talk you through the process. 

Visit our Emergency Food page to find out more.

Contact Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council has access to funds to support people in financial difficulty. The LSPF team are there to  help. Call them on 0345 678 9078. They will talk through your current financial circumstances and may be able to offer you temporary help.

The council may also be able to help you with any rent payments.  Call them on 0345 678 9002 or visit their website for more information.

Universal Credit Advance Payment

You can also ask for an advance whilst you wait for your first payment. However, this is an interest free loan, which will mean that you will need to pay it back each month out of your monthly Universal Credit payments.  Check out this information from Citizen's Advice beforehand.

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