CAPTION: Volunteers at the Community Larder sorting food donations

Community Larder launching in Paignton

Posted: 5th December, 2017

An initiative in Paignton has galvanized churches, community groups, forums, businesses and schools to provide help for vulnerable families and individuals in the town.

A Community Larder is being set-up by the Central Paignton Churches and will be launching next Monday 11 December.

For over 10 years the charity ‘Anode’ had provided many services for people in need in the area, including a foodbank in Torbay, providing 144,000 meals. But since the organisation stopped operating a void has become apparent.

The support worker and volunteer co-ordinator for Anode and now for the Community larder, Anita Davies, has retained some volunteers and is welcoming some new volunteers from the Paignton churches who are eager to keep up the good work .

Anita said: “With support from our community we can carry on changing lives.”

The project will work out of Christ Church in Paignton and will initially serve the community in two ways:

  1. Monday – Friday it will provide Crisis Support for families across Torbay. Crisis referrals will be received from Crisis Team, Housing, and Children Services and parcels will be delivered immediately.
  2. Tuesday – Thursday 12-2pm the Community Larder will be open for members of the public who have been referred to access food parcels.

Anita adds: “We have premises, people and bags of enthusiasm but we are looking for ongoing support in the form of food and funding. Our aim is to help as many people who find themselves in a place of hardship in a non-judgmental way. We are looking to give ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ and our dream is beating poverty. This is important to help our community grow.”

Donations of food for the Community Larder can be made to Paignton Parish Church. To offer financial support or for details email communitylarder@outlook.com, find them on Facebook or call 01803 551866.

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