Torbay Food Banks Running Low

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