The food service at the Good Shepherd serves as the magnet for which we can help people in poverty from the local community, creating strong relationships from which we can support them in other areas of their lives. We are fortunate to have great support from individuals, companies and faith groups who donate food, ensuring we can help the people within Wolverhampton who need us most.
OUR FOOD SERVICE
We provide a food service three days a week and in 2021 provided 19,072 meals. The Good Shepherd aims to provide quality and healthy food so that we know those accessing our services are receiving a good, nutritious meal when they visit.
OUR FOOD PARCELS
As well as the Food Service we provide food parcels to individuals and families, to try and cater for their needs for other meals during the week. In 2021 we distributed 14,998 food parcels to individuals and 2,241 to families.
Family parcels contain basic store cupboard essential items, fresh and frozen produce, enabling our service users to cook and create their own meals. The majority of food within the parcels has been donated by the local community and has a retail value of around £45.
MEAL IN A BAG
A campaign aimed at our supporters – ‘Meal in a bag’ encourages donations of basic, non-perishable food from which clients can easily make a meal. This might be for example a tin of chicken curry and a packet of rice, or a tinned pie and tinned vegetables – produce which can be easily donated with donors knowing they have provided a meal for someone experiencing food poverty.
COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
Good Shepherd’s Community Pantry launched in 2021 and offers a weekly shopping experience for Families. Service users visit the pantry and select their own food, meaning they can choose items they know they’ll use. This reduces food waste and recreates the ethos of a shop or supermarket and reduces the perceived stigma of accessing a food bank.
OUR COMMITMENT TO REDUCING FOOD WASTE
At the Good Shepherd we are passionate about reducing the amount of food waste. In 2021, we took in 37.5 tonnes of good quality food otherwise headed for landfill. We now weigh and record all the surplus food we receive and can tell our donors in precise terms how they have supported us and how they have contributed both to the lives of those experiencing food poverty but also the environment, in reducing the amount of food going to landfill.
OUR FOOD PARTNERS
Positive relationships with food distributors, supermarkets and restaurants helps us to reduce the amount of food waste in Wolverhampton. We can make use of surplus stock or stock with a short shelf-life to make quality meals and distribute to those that need it. We liaise closely with several other food banks in the City and regularly share stock with each other depending on need and demand within our respective organisations.
HOW CAN YOU HELP US?
We receive incredible support from the community whether that is from individuals, businesses, faith groups or any other organisation.
We are always on the lookout for non-perishable foods, which can be brought to us at the Good Shepherd between 8am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. You can also drop off donations to our one of our supermarket collection points: Sainsburys St Marks, Sainsburys Local Compton Road, Spar Compton, Lidl Finchfield and Co-op Great Wyrley.
Alternatively, if you wish to make a financial donation to support our food service, click here to see different ways you can contribute. Many thanks.
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|Advice and Guidance Drop In|
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Alongside the food service we run an advice and guidance drop in and bring in a wide range of agencies into the centre. People can access support onsite and be signposted and referred to partner agencies across the city.