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Working families in Torbay are needing food hand-outs because they can't make their money stretch
The food bank charity Anode, based in Paignton, has handed out more than 2,000 3-day food parcels this year already...that's more than the whole of 2011. The charity started six years ago when it was being asked for just 75 parcels a year.
Now it's got only about seven days worth of food left stacked on its shelves.
Director Nigel Williams says it used to be families on benefits who needed help. But now, increasingly, they're handing out to working families who have either had their hours or pay cut and can no longer make their wages stretch.
Mr Williams has been talking to our reporter Wendy Buckingham. CLICK HERE
To find out what to give go to the Anode website.
Or contact 01803 556571
Staff at Torridge District Council have answered a call for help and held a food collection day in aid of the local Bideford Foodbank.
Over 109kg of tinned food, breakfast cereals, spaghetti, biscuits, sauces and pasta, and other non perishable goods were donated by staff.
Duncan, from Bideford Foodbank said, "A sincere thank you to staff at TDC who were so generous in this the first ever Workplace Food Collection day. We are so grateful for their quick response to our appeal for help in replenishing our food stocks."
Further collection dates have been arranged at local supermarkets in Bideford:
Morrisons on Thursday 13th September
ASDA on Friday 14th September
Tesco on Saturday 13th October
Co-op on Tuesday 4th December
The Foodbank Distribution Centre at 21 High Street, Bideford is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am 1.30pm
07874 206438 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org