Butchers donate more than 400 chickens for Christmas appeal

Torbay Weekly

Torquay butchers LG Palk have joined the Torbay Festive Food Appeal.

The Torbay Weekly has launched the special appeal to make sure nobody goes hungry this Christmas.

We have teamed up with the Torbay Food Alliance to ask local residents to once again demonstrate that great, united community spirit and donate food for the needy and vulnerable this Christmas.

LG Palk are supplying the chickens for the Christmas Hampers for the Food Alliance. They will be delivering no fewer than 475 chickens to charities and support groups to hand out.

Riviera Life, Ellacombe Community Partnership, Paignton Community Larder, Brixham Food Bank, YES Brixham and PATH are all receiving birds.

The Food Alliance was set up at the beginning of Covid during the first lockdown and has provided more than 570,000 meals – about around 7,000 a week with an average cost of 83p each.

With raising food prices, removal of the Universal Credit top-up and furlough and the increase in domestic fuel costs, more people are having to turn to Food Banks, especially at Christmas.

Here is where you can make festive food donations:

  • The Torbay Community Café - run by the Ellacombe Community Partnership at 4 Temperance Street, Torquay. Any donations can be dropped at the café. Ellacombe Community Partnership, 2-4 Temperance Street, Torquay, Sarah O’Connor Ecpartnership2017@hotmail.com; FB: @ellacombecafe
  • Paignton Community Larder. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12pm-2pm. Contact communitylarder@outlook.com; Andy Bichard, 07895925872; Paignton Community Larder, Cecil Road, Paignton TQ3 2SH
  • Torquay Food Larder - Open: Monday and Friday 10.30 to 1pm. Contact Tony Watkins, ajpwatkins1@gmail.com; 07769 688 128; Salvation Army, 29 Market Street Torquay TQ1 3AF
  • PATH - Kath Friedrich, Pathtorbay@outlook.com; @pathtorbay; 07763398238. The Vanilla Pod, 172 Union Street, Torquay. PATH is supported by all Sainsbury outlets in the Bay; LIDL and Audi in Paignton; Bay Bakery in Lucius Street, and other organisations. They have one off Christmas support from Oldway Mansion, Refresh Cartridges in Torquay and their other divisions; support from the Co-op Community Fund and local Co-ops, the Bull and Bush, Belgrave Road and others. You can drop off items at these sites.
  • Riviera Life Storehouse, Jordan William & Ian Williams 07855844080/07969573664. 527 Babbacome Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG.
  • Yes Brixham - 01803 851414 Ali, Andrew. The Edge, Bolton Street TQ5 9HH. Open Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm.
  • Brixham Food Larder - 14 Brewery Lane, Brixham, TQ5 8DT. 01803 857594 – Elisabeth Lakely; email: e.f.lakey@btinternet.com Open Monday and Friday 2pm – 4.pm. Donation sites: Tesco and the top Co-op both in Fore Street; Cost cutter on Pillar Avenue; Sainsbury’s on New Street; Brixham Library; Furzeham Primary School.
  • Eat That Frog, 89 Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2SE; 01803 551551; milly.shepperd@eatthatfrog.ac.uk. Community Fridge is open Monday and Friday 9:30-11, and Wednesday 1-2. Contact Jacqueline.nicholls@eatthatfrog.ac.uk