The Newton Abbot & Teignbridge Food Bank have opened the doors of their new premises in Queensway, Newton Abbot tonight, which will provide a top quality facility for Teignbridge’s most in need. The expansion has been thanks to the generosity of Teign Housing, who have leased the property to the charity for a ‘peppercorn’ £1 rent.
The Food Bank has been operating since September 2011. In early 2012 it was rare for the food bank to be giving out more than 15 packs per month. On average, so far in 2014, 130 packs are given out per month. As well as food packs which are aimed at people and families in crisis, the charity can also provide toiletry packs, moving in packs, advice and signposting services and help with finding permanent and temporary accommodation.
Hugh Buttenshaw, Food Bank Manager said: “We are Teignbridge’s only facility for its ‘street homeless’ and demand for our services has seen a seven fold increase in the last 18 months. We are very grateful for our new, bigger premises, which will allow us to meet demand and expand the services we can offer. We now have the opportunity to plan for the future and our volunteers have a larger, more spacious and well planned area to work.”
Stephen Purser, Teign Housing’s Chair of the Board said: “Part of our ambitions as a local housing provider is to make sure people have access to excellent housing services and that we support the wellbeing of people living in Teignbridge. A number of our tenants have been supported by the Food Bank so it’s only right that we support them by providing a secure outlet for their work.”
The new facility now includes:
The Newton Abbot & Teignbridge Food Bank has food donation banks at the local branches of Sainsbury’s, Asda, Co-operative and Tesco. They have also received funding from the local Council, Co-op and Sanctuary Housing.