Please be aware that many food banks have adapted their processes due to Covid-19. We recommend that you visit the website of your local foodbank for up to date information
DO YOU NEED A FOOD PARCEL?
Are you in a financial crisis? Contact your local food bank. They might be able to offer short term help.
HOW CAN I GET AN EMERGENCY FOOD PARCEL?
To use a food bank you will need a referral. There are many people who can issue food bank vouchers including health professionals, advice workers, housing associations and Shropshire council. If you are not sure who to ask, please phone your local food bank and they will be able to help you.
SHROPSHIRE FOOD BANKS
Many Shropshire towns have a food bank. They are run by volunteers and give out food which has been donated by the community. Check the opening hours, as they tend to open for just a few hours per week.
Find out how to donate to your local food bank here.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GO TO A FOOD BANK?
Food banks are welcoming spaces. A volunteer will sit with you and check your voucher and any dietary needs you may have. You might be offered a cup of tea whilst another volunteer makes up a food parcel for you. Volunteers are fully trained and non-judgmental. They are there to offer a listening ear and support and advice.
SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL WELFARE SUPPORT TEAM
Shropshire Council's Welfare Support Team helps people in crisis by using grants from the Local Support and Prevention Fund (LSPF). They support the First Point of Contact Team (FPOC), who deal with adult and child concerns, Housing Options Team (Homelessness) and Social Work Teams. They can help if you are struggling with basic needs like food, gas, electricity, essential furniture items and white goods and essential travel. Contact on 0345 678 9078 or visit their website
WHERE TO GET A FOOD PARCEL
FOOD BANK CONTACT DETAILS
DONATE TO A FOOD BANK
Food banks rely on donations of food from the local community. You can drop off food at many supermarkets or arrange a time to take it directly to the food bank. Many food banks also welcome financial donations which allows them to buy specific food for people with dietary requirements.
You can check your local food banks current needs on social media or their website, but they often want:
· Pasta/ rice
· Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
· Tinned meat/fish
· Tinned vegetables/ fruit
· UHT milk
· Fruit juice
· Pet food