Does anyone know if any organisation in the town organises and distributes these?
If so, can you let me have details.
Several years ago I know the United Reformed Church did whether they still do.............
Yeah as BrazilNut said the churches do them, I know of other churches too, I know St Gregory's do them and also the schools do them. Not sure if they have already been despatched now though Lynne? You could also try the Open Daw at the Methodist, they may be able to help.
Thanks for the info - I'll make some enquiries. Like you say it might be too late now. But it was because I read this yesterday http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/17/middle-class-foodbanks?newsfeed=true
that the issue was brought home to me. Case studies always make the point so much better than statistics.
I mean, there are dry, abstract, statistics and then there's what it's like to be one of those statistics.
And as I'd been wondering around the shops in town on Saturday eyeing up the offers and mentally calculating the best options (yeah, I'm sad like that), that I realised that I could pick up some quite good food deals. And then I read that article...........
A local charity that used to be Christians Together Rent Guarantee Scheme - now called HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) are setting up a FoodBank (a sort of charity franchise) early next year. They have been giving out food and/or toiletry Crisis Packs through the council housing department to people being housed in temporary accommodation and on the recommendation of clergy, social workers and teachers to others in need.
Details of FoodBanks here http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects
Thanks for that info - very useful. I wonder if the local papers will be carrying details. After all there's no point in organisations existing if people who can/want to help don't know about them is there?
Did anyone else see the article in this week's Dawlish Post (that's Post not Gazette) on page 5 about how the changes in housing benefit may impact on hb claimants in Teignbridge. Interesting read. The article is headed " Low Income Households Face Benefit Cutbacks".
And then, on page 8, there' s a letter from Teignbride Homes Action Today (THAT) talking about food parcels, toiletry and home starter packs.
They say that if you want to help, volunteer or make a donation they can be contacted on 01626 202141 or 07990515125 (and I guess that if you know of anyone in need of help you could let THAT know as well).
To use an awful pun - it seems the state of the economy is beginning to bite.
See page 5 of this week's Dawlish Post - article headed "More Needing Help As Cash Crisis Bites".
Increase in numbers in Teignbridge, including those in work, needing emergency food parcels, money etc.
See my posting above for contact details.