Brixham food bank appeal for support to help struggling families

Brixham food bank

Brixham food bank - Credit: Archant

Volunteers running Brixham's in-demand food bank have launched an appeal to help its valuable support for struggling residents and families.

The food bank is now crowd funding to raise money to meet the current high demand and anticipated future demand over the winter due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Torbay Council has pledged potential support to local community organisations by match funding, up to £5,000, for any community organisations raising money through crowd funding.

Spokesman Elisabeth Lakey explained: 'We have been helping between 35 and 60 people a week at the moment but with people losing jobs and changes to the furlough scheme, we are expecting to have a rush at some point.'

They believe demand for the service will increase over the winter period now that the financial impacts of Covid-19 are being felt within the community.

Fortunately, the food bank has received a great deal of support from businesses and the wider community to keep the shelves stocked.

This is the first time the food bank has turned to crowd funding to help support its work when the extra demand kicks in.

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The campaign is aiming to reach a target of £500, which will then enable them to access Torbay Council's match funding, bringing the total to £1,000.

Donations can be made until August 23.

Operating in the Torbay Room behind Brixham Library, the food bank has been running for a number of years.

The volunteers try to to include fresh produce, mostly from supermarkets, such as bread, milk, eggs, ready meals, fresh meat and dairy produce.

The food bank also welcomes donations of non-perishable food, toiletries, women's hygiene products and nappies and food for babies and donations of money.

Donations of food and toiletries can still be made at Tesco in Fore Street, Sainsburys in New Road, Costcutter in Pillar Avenue and the Co-op.