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Sanctuary Housing supports South West food bank charity

11 June 2014
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Sanctuary Housing is supporting residents in crisis by helping with the expansion of a local food bank charity in Newton Abbot and Teignbridge.

Demand from local residents and families for nutritious food packs is rising month-on-month for Newton Abbot and Teignbridge Food Bank, operated by Teignbridge Homeless Action Today charity.

Since opening in September 2011, demand for food packs has increased from 15 packs per month to an expected 100 packs per month this summer. The packs are full with nutritious goodness and provide young families with a range of tasty meals, ranging from a bowl of cereal in the morning to a hearty pie for after-school supper.

To date, Newton Abbot and Teignbridge Food Bank have handed out over 1000 food packs. To build on their support network, the charity has relocated to newly-improved permanent premises, for residents to receive further support in a safe and secure environment.

The charity has been collecting donations from an array of generous sponsors to help achieve this, including Cooperative BankTeignbridge Council and Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.

Hugh Buttenshaw, fundraising co-ordinator from Teignbridge Homeless Action Today, said: “We are very proud at the level of support we have managed to provide the local community and we are confident our future plans will benefit countless more local families and individuals.

“Without all the donations, shared resources and volunteers, we wouldn’t have reached half the local residents we’ve managed to help and we are hugely grateful for everyone involved in this.”

About Teignbridge Homeless Action Today

Teignbridge Homeless Action Today is a local charity that aims to relieve homelessness and poverty in the community by providing services and products which empower people and change lives. For more information on the charity or how to donate, please visit Homeless in Teinbridge Support website.

About Grand Ideas Fund

Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

For details on how to apply to the Grand Ideas Fund, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 335 441 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.