A LUDLOW volunteer says that she would love to have nothing to do.

Ruth Davies, writes in the Hands Together Ludlow newsletter, that she wishes that the foodbank she leads could close because it was not needed but she does not see this happening.

“The latest statistics show that 10 per cent of children in Ludlow are living below the poverty line, and one area is the second most deprived in Shropshire,” said Ms Davies, who works from the Rockspring Centre.

“It is true that morally there should not be a need for food banks in 21st Century Britain, but when facing the need that we see on an almost daily basis, I feel compelled by the love of Christ to help people at their point of need.

“There is currently a movement amongst many food banks to collate data to confront the government with the very real need that is seen all across the country.”

Ms Davies would like food banks to become unnecessary.

“There have been various initiatives across the county to help people grow and cook more affordable food, which may help people who have tight budgets,” Ms Davies added.

“However, I do believe that there will always be a small number of people who fall into crisis; this could happen to anyone at any time.

"I think realistically the best we can hope for is a reduced service.”