There are only a few food bank locations in the Shropshire County area. Some of them are located at churches, and these will be independent centres. Residents also have additional places to turn to for food in an emergency, and they will be council schemes as well as not-for profits such as the Trussell Trust.
Some of the charity organisations that operate in the region, such as Shrewsbury Ark, not only offer a voucher to be used at a food bank, but they offer more practical support too. So there are places in Shropshire that families can stop by for items such as clothing or applications to welfare schemes, which can also provide free food to the vulnerable.
Yet another option are a few soup kitchens in Shropshire. The locations may serve a lunch or breakfast. While many of those clients are homeless, others that are in poverty can also drop in. Religious organisations may be able to help with food as well, and find a list of financial help from churches, all of which may be options.
Food banks at churches
Churches Together uses volunteers to feed the hungry. Based on donations, the church may have a parcel of food, baby nappies, tinned meats, and more. There is also a Community Cafe at one of the churches, which has free meals, even for Christmas. The location of the distribution is Number Seven, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AB. The main telephone number is 01746 768129, and they are part of the Bridgnorth Food Bank. Read more on the Churches Together network in Shropshire.
Barnabas Church Centre can be reached at 1743 364101. The charity also has a soup kitchen on site.
Welshpool and District residents can drop in at a food bank at Kingswood Church. The phone number is 07927 284 700.
Another christian based foodbank is at Whitchurch. The charity will help anyone in need. A bag of groceries is provided, blanket to the homeless, and other support. The post is Bargates Hall Church Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1LR.
Additional locations in Shropshire
The Shropshire location of Trussell Trust is part of the larger network in the country. One of the benefits to use this not-for-profit is not only can an emergency parcel of free food be provided, but staff now offer other support. They can signpost the low income to both government schemes and more. The location is at Pop In Newport and is open Tuesday and Thursday. Telephone is 01952 810898.
Shrewsbury Ark, located at 10 Castle Foregate is an agency that offers many services for the vulnerable. A welfare centre offers hot lunches to clients. While there, clients can get information on various programmes for their need. Also, vouchers can be given to one of the other food banks listed here. This locations also has other practical support. Phone – 01743 363305, or more on Shrewsbury Ark services.
Craven Arms Food Bank partners with South Shropshire Housing Association and Health Visitors. The parcel, which may have tins of beans, rice and jars of sauce, will feed a family for either 2 or 3 days. The location is open Tuesday and Friday morning at St. Andrews Church.
Wellington and District YMCA – Clients are substance misusers and the homeless. Assistance includes food, housing, and signposting. They focus most of their programmes on providing meals, groceries, and like items. They are located at Consort House, Victoria Avenue, Wellington, Telford, telephone 01952 400401.
Telford Mind helps the vulnerable and those with a mental illness. They are located at The Wellbeing Centre, ring 01952 588367.
The Telford & Wrekin local welfare programme can provide the low income food in an emergency. The council will offer this help for families that are on benefits or facing a crisis. Not only may a box of food be provided, but there is also toiletries and other items. Learn more on what the Telford and Wrekin crisis assistance scheme can provide residents.
Oswestry & Borders Foodbank – People that use this centre need to be local to the town. A box of food with up to 3 days worth of goods will be provided. The address is 56 Beatrice Street, Oswestry. Telephone – 1691 671940.