How the System Works
The Lord's Larder Food Bank aims to target aid where there is a genuine need. However, our supply of donations is limited and our volunteers are not trained to suitably assess the needs of members of the community. Instead, we run a voucher scheme with our local partners in the county, such as community and health agencies, who are able to judge whether people are in need of immediate help. Three of our agencies also hold Emergency Packs, which bypass the voucher scheme. Find out more about both methods below...
How are the Vouchers used?
Our partner agencies have vouchers that they can distribute to those in need. Intervention is usually short term, normally three to four vouchers at most. In doing this, professional agencies are given time to put more long-term solutions in place.
Once those in need of help have received a voucher, they need to visit the Larder in Newent. On presentation of their voucher, suitable tinned and dried goods or toiletries will be provided to them by our volunteers.
How are Emergency Packs different?
Three of our contacts have agreed to evaluate and action any requests they have for help without reference to the Lord's Larder. They maintain a small stock of Emergency Packs to distribute and when they have used these, the Larder replaces them.
Who is eligible?
As the Lord's Larder has only a limited amount of supplies, we are conscious of the need to target resources where they will be of most use. In order to do this, we have worked with our partners to define certain criteria which prospective clients must meet. Vouchers or Emergency Packs can be issued to:
- Persons who have recently lost their job and are not yet in receipt of state benefits.
- Homes where an unforeseen expenditure (such as a large electrical bill) means no money is left for food.
- The vulnerable who cannot afford to 'Heat' and 'Eat' (such as elderly persons).
- Families where children will otherwise go hungry.
Who are the 'Agencies' that can supply the Vouchers or Emergency Packs?
If you believe you are eligible for our Vouchers or Emergency Packs or wish to get some advise and support, please contact your nearest agency.
Dean House, Station St, Cinderford, GL14 2JF.
Point of Contact: Staff (01594 820500)
Two Rivers Housing, 7/3 Vantage Point, Micheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0DD.
Point of Contact: Rebecca James, Money Advisor (0800 316 0897)
Vouchers: Health/Care Workers, Emergency Services & Traders
Vouchers are available from many locations in the area, including from Community Midwives, District Nurses, Doctor's Practices, the 2gether Trust, Occupational Therapists, the Police, Village Agents and Rotary. They are also available from:
Newent Citizen's Advice Centre, The Library, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AS.
Point of Contact: Staff, (Tuesdays & Thursdays 10.00am - 12.30pm)
Forest Road Centre, St Stephens Hall, Forest Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2NR.
Point of Contact: Staff (08444 111 444)
Ross Willis Court, Gloucester Street, Newent, GL18 1TD.
Point of Contact: Staff (0370 1924571)
Salters Hill Barn, Keeper’s Cottage, Falcon Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2JN.
Point of Contact: Staff (01531 671080)
53, Carlson Suite, 4th Floor, Building 8, Vantage Point Business Village, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 ODD.
Point of Contact: Staff (01594 546117)
Chequers Bridge Community Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR.
Point of Contact: Staff (01452 415900)
19, Broad Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AQ.
Point of Contact: Staff (015 3182 0443)
St. Michael & All Angels Church, High Street, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0HU.
Point of Contact: Mrs Susan Lewis - Churchwarden (01594 542618)
Glebe Chapel, Glebe Close, Newent, GL18 1BQ.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Ross Road, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1BG.
Point of Contact: Mr A Beeson
United Reformed Church, Broad Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AJ.
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Church Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AA.
- Gorsley Baptist Chapel, Gorsley, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7SE.
St. Peter's Church, Cliffords Mesne, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JL.