Torbay Council has backed a crowdfunding campaign to pay for food to prevent people going hungry during the coronavirus crisis.

The council have matched funding of £5,000 for the Torbay Food Alliance crowdfunding campaign which raised more than £2,000 in its first 48 hours.

Twelve organisations have come together working with the council, Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust and Torbay Community Development Trust to coordinate transport and delivery of food parcels.

Demand on the foodbanks during the crisis is at an all-time high with requests in some areas more than doubling whilst donations from individuals is falling.

In its two weeks, the Alliance has provided have delivered 746 food parcels for people struggling to feed their families and provided 2,162 meals to some of the Bay’s most vulnerable.

An Alliance spokesman said: “ These are very difficult times for some families and individuals in the Bay, through no fault of their own.

“They have found themselves without money and, therefore, without food and we need to help them. No-one in Torbay should go hungry.”

Council leader Steve Darling said: “Food poverty is a big concern for our residents during this ongoing emergency and I am so glad to see the great joined up working by our voluntary organisations in creating the Food Alliance.  As a council we really want to support this work and that’s why we have match funded their crowdfunding campaign by pledging £5,000. I would now like to encourage you to contribute what you can to this very worthwhile cause, help the alliance meet their target and support our residents.”

Members of the Torbay Food Alliance include the Salvation Army Torquay, Paignton Community Larder, Brixham Foodbank, PATH, Brixham YES, the Thrive Project, Riviera Life Storehouse, Crafty Fox Cafe ‘n’ Hub, Feed A Child Torbay, Rising Moments, Eat That Frog and Ellacombe Community Partnership.

Donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/torbay-food-alliance and all gifts, no matter how small, will go to provide food in Torbay.

If you need support, you can be referred through the coronavirus helpline (01803 446022), Torbay Council call centre (01803 201201), or via a member of our health and social care teams.

To find out more, visit https://www.torbayfoodalliance.org