What is Torbay Food Alliance?
Toprbay Food Alliance isn't a single organisation, but a partnership of 10 community organisations, working together for the people of Torbay. Our members are Torquay Community Larder, Paignton Community Larder, PATH Torbay, Feed A Child Torbay, Eat That Frog, Rising Moments Community Project, Ellacombe Community Partnership, Riviera Life Storehouse, YES Brixham, and Brixham Foodbank.
We work very closely with the Torbay Community Helpline, which is run by Torbay Community Development Trust. We also work with other community partners, Torbay Council, and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. We believe that working in partnership will help us to do more and achieve better outcomes for people.
Why do we require a referral for food support?
It's important to us that people get help with the underlying reasons why they might be struggling to afford food. This could be to do with debt, benefits, housing, mental health, domestic abuse, or other reasons. The referral process helps to ensure that people can be connected with the right help, to get them back on your feet, so that they do not become dependent on food banks in the long term.
How long does it take to get support?
We encourage people to think ahead and not run out of food completely before seeking help. We aim to provide food the same day or the next day (depending on what time a referral is made, and the circumstances). We provide crisis food support for genuine emergencies.