When 12 community organisations came together eight weeks ago, no-one could have quite believed the impact their work would have.
Food poverty has been a significant problem in Torbay for many years, which only grew in size with Covid-19.
Throughout lockdown the demand for food has tripled with people losing employment alongside those shielding and isolated.
As a response to this, local organisations came together to meet demand as a collective and Torbay Food Alliance was born.
The Alliance has gone from strength to strength and is now working in partnership with Torbay Council and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.
Alliance members include The Salvation Army, Paignton Community Larder, Riviera Life Church, PATH Torbay, Craft Fox Hub ‘n’ Café, Ellacombe Community Partnership, Eat That Frog, YES Brixham, Rising Moments, The Thrive Project, Brixham Food Bank and Feed A Child Torbay.
Over the last eight weeks each organisation has worked tirelessly to meet the demand for food, by extending opening hours, recruiting more volunteers while facing supply issues.
The Alliance has, to date, managed to provide 70,000 meals! To put that in perspective that is enough meals to feed over half the population of Torbay.
Torbay Food Alliance would not have got where it is without a little help. With that in mind, the Alliance created a Crowdfunder page that is on the verge of hitting its £25,000 target.
An Alliance spokesman said: “The Alliance has taken off more than any of us expected and we are proud to serve the population of Torbay.
“We could not have done this without the generosity of people’s donations.
“We would like to say a special thank you to Torbay Community Development Trust, Torbay Council, Lumentum and Cavanna Homes. We would also like to thank probation services and all the volunteers - thank you!”
To find out more about Torbay Food Alliance or donate to the Crowdfunder, log on to www.torbayfoodalliance.org and like their page on Facebook.