Help us get food to where it's needed most
Please help Shrewsbury Food Hub stop hunger at home during the pandemic.
As the coronavirus crisis hits Shrewsbury, we are working hard to get surplus food into good use and to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our town are not left hungry at home.
We've teamed up with Shrewsbury Food Bank to get food to where it's needed most during the pandemic. Please donate here.
Before the pandemic, 26% of children in Shrewsbury were classified as living in poverty. This crisis will tip many more families into poverty and will mean that more people cannot afford to buy enough healthy food.
The Shrewsbury Food Hub normally supplies surplus food from 20 supermarkets to 62 community groups across Shrewsbury. We share more than 1 tonne of fruit, veg, bread and store cupboard food a week with our partner groups. This is enough for 2380 meals a week and saves our partner groups more than 30% of their food budget.
As a result of the pandemic our supply chain, our volunteer base and our distribution network collapsed. We are completely redesigning our operation to meet the challenge and are striving to increase the amount of food we can get to the most vulnerable.
After a one week pause, we are now up and running again, and rebuilding to get this valuable surplus food resource to reach over 1000 vulnerable people in Shrewsbury. Our plan is:
- Develop safe operational processes during COVID-19, including a switch to van-based operation.
Recruit, train and support 25 new volunteers to replace those who have had to withdraw due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Rebuild our distribution network to support 20 frontline organisations in getting this important food resource to more than 1030 of the most vulnerable people in our community. Our partners include the Food Bank, Riversway Elim Church, Meet Place, Leaving Care, The Ark and 9 schools.
- Increase surplus food supply from 1 to 2 tonnes per week, equivalent to 4,760 meals per week, including increasing collections to 7 days a week.
Please donate to help us get food to where it's most needed during the pandemic.