Here are answers to frequently asked questions:
How does my organisation make a referral to the foodbank?
Our foodbank works with a range of local agencies who meet people at risk of going hungry. Citizens Advice, children’s centres and health visitors are just some of those who can make refer people to our foodbank by issuing them with a foodbank voucher. If you think that your organisation could help people by referring them to our foodbank, please get in touch with us to discuss becoming a registered voucher holder.
Where is my nearest foodbank centre?
Please go to the locations page to find the address and opening times of each of our foodbank centres. Please note you must have a foodbank voucher to receive help from the foodbank. If you don’t have a voucher please contact us to find out how to get a voucher.
What’s in a typical food parcel?
A typical food parcel contains a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. A typical food parcel includes: breakfast cereal, soup, pasta or rice, pasta sauce, baked beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, instant mash, UHT milk, tea or coffee, sugar, tinned dessert and biscuits. The Oswestry and Borders Foodbank does not stock fresh food. We are, however, able to supply some basic toiletries.
Can the parcel be adapted to special dietary requirements?
Our foodbank can usually adapt your food parcel to suit your dietary needs (eg: vegetarian, gluten-free). Just let the volunteers know when you arrive with your voucher. We will also endeavour to adapt your parcel to accommodate any food allergies you indicate.
Will the food parcel cater for my whole family?
Our foodbank will adapt your food parcel according to the number of adults and children indicated on your voucher. They will also endeavour to provide foods that are age appropriate and in suitable quantities for your children. We can sometimes offer baby foods, but not SMA milk.
I have a baby, can you help with supplies of nappies and baby food?
Our foodbank usually carries a small stock of nappies and baby foods, which we can add to your parcel. Please let the foodbank know when you arrive if you need additional items for your baby. We will also signpost you to local provision of further support where possible.
What if I can’t get to the foodbank centre?
If you have mobility needs or are unwell or have a genuine transport problem making it difficult or impossible for you to access one of the foodbank centres during opening hours, please discuss this with the agency that refers you or if necessary get in touch with the foodbank directly to discuss this.
Are there other places I can get help?
The links below are to sites which have been devised by the Shropshire Poverty Alliance to help people make their money go further, find debt advice and locate places in Shropshire where additional help is available.