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Ledbury Food Bank

posted 26 Mar 2013, 10:58 by M Bain   [ updated 19 Feb 2014, 11:34 ]
A food bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough to avoid hunger.

The Ledbury Food Bank operates from the first floor of St Katherine's Hall and is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 12:30.

If you are in need of help then call in at the above times or telephone: 01531 633357 or 01531 633643.

If you wish to donate food then jars and tins (i.e. non-perishables) can be left in:
  • Christ Church, Wellington Heath;
  • Ledbury Customer Service centre (St Katherine's car park); or
  • Taken direct to the Ledbury Food Bank.
If you are not familiar with food banks this is how they work:

Non-perishable food is donated by schools, churches, businesses and individuals.Food is also collected at ‘Supermarket Collections’: These are events held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.
Food is sorted and stored by volunteers who check that it’s in date and then pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
Frontline care professionals identify people in need: Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher. Food banks partner with a wide range of care professionals who are best placed to assess need and make sure that it is genuine.
Clients receive food: Food bank clients bring their voucher to a food bank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve  longer-term problems.

In this Area Food Bank vouchers are held by: Age UK Ledbury, Community Voluntary Action Ledbury, Ledbury Community Hospital, The Market Surgery, St Katherine's Surgery, Festival Housing, Ledbury Police Liason Officers, Homestart, Citizens Advice Bureau Hereford, Hereford Job Centre, Probation Service Hereford, Welfare Rights Hereford.