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Purpose

 Purpose

The purpose of our group, until child poverty is reduced substantially or eliminated, is to help fill that hunger gap by providing meals to children during school holidays coordinating with other local projects and organisations.

 
We are a not-for-profit community-based group; we work with schools to find ways to feed the children during school holidays.
 
We operate when a school is closed for the holidays.
 
We raise funds and work with schools, communities and parents to provide meals for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium & Pupil Premium Plus as well as others with demonstrable need.
 
We actively encourage community involvement and learning.
 
We provide meals that are non-perishable. They are prepared, and freshly cooked, by each individual family in their own home.

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Covid-19 Response Update

Covid-19 Response Update

In response to Covid-19, Feed a Child has adapted the way we work. Thanks to council funding and your donations we were able to offer all primary schools in the bay the opportunity to have emergency meal kits during term time alongside holiday meal kits for the 12 primary schools identifying the most need.

Thanks to your continued donations and funding from the National Lottery we are able to announce we will be continuing our response until the End of December 2020 both in term and non term time.

We also acknowledge there are other families with children aged 11 and under needing help and we are looking at ways in which we can support them and will trial new ways if needed. This also includes our continued work with Eotas children.

Thank you all for your continued support!

We will supply Take Away meal kits containing non-perishable food for each school to dispense to their families.

We would be truly grateful for ANY donation of these non-perishable foods:

We especially need some of the tummy-fillers that form the basis for our meals:

Tins

Tuna

Chopped tomatoes

Soups - especially chunky ones

Meatballs

Chili Con Carne

Peas and other vegetables

Hot Dogs

Tins of new potatoes

Creamy Pasta Bake Sauces

Pasta and sauce packets

500g bags of pasta and spaghetti

500g bags of rice or boil in the bag rice

Tins of fruit

Each meal is accompanied by a tin of fruit for something sweet and nutritious after the meal: peaches, mandarin pieces, pears or pineapple slices for example.

Drop off points:

TORQUAY

Torbay & District Funeral Service, 11 Babbacombe Road. Torquay TQ1 3SB

PAIGNTON

4 Ebenezer Road, Paignton TQ3 3RL - Tel 01803 394261

We can 'pick up' donations if needed.

NEW! Order Online:

We have a list on Amazon UK for you to order and the items will be delivered directly to us!

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Donate

Donate

 

Please help us to help our children during these difficult times.


Download our standing order form and contribute monthly.

Save "Standing Order Mandate.docx" to your computer


Or

A single donation (of any amount) would be most gratefully received.
Organisation:   Feed A Child Torbay
Bank:   NatWest
Bank Account Number:   5916 7688
Bank Sort Code:   60 21 48

Or

Donate online through our Golden Giving page:

Thank you for your kindness.

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Our Volunteers

Our wonderful volunteers are very active...

The ongoing work for FACT volunteers includes:

 
developing recipes
 
sewing bags
 
liaising with schools

We also have work around the times when we are packing meals:

 
planning
 
ordering groceries
 
organizing the pack and delivery
 
packing
 
delivering

When we hold events - Easter, Christmas, and perhaps an August event -- there is always work to be done!



Please note that recipe development is challenging because of the restrictions:

 
Cost no more than £2 to feed a family of four, although sometimes we go over a little bit. (We use the least expensive store brands most of the time).
 
Ingredients all have long shelf life - usually tins and dried food such as pasta and rice.
 
Cooking instructions for preparing the meal on a hob or hotplate and also for preparing the meal in a microwave.
 
Not assuming that there is a larder with oil, seasonings, sauces, etc., although we could add small amounts of sauces (ketchup, brown sauce, etc.) if we buy individual portion packs from Bookers and include a few of these (perhaps 4) as part of the recipe.


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Valued Partners

Torbay & District Funeral Services

We are very grateful for the support of our friends at the Torbay & District Funeral Service. In particular, they are a collection point in Torquay for any non-perishable items for our meal kits.
Please drop any donations into them at 11 Babbacombe Road. Torquay TQ1 3SB.

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Support Groups

We hope that you find these links useful. If we are missing any that you believe would be useful to others, please let us know.

 

The Torbay Food Alliance:

www.torbayfoodalliance.org

Phone: 01803 446022

 

The Torbay Help Hub:

www.torbayhelphub.com

Phone: 01803 446022

 

The Samaritans:

www.samaritans.org/branches/torquay

21 Warren Road, Torquay TQ2 5TQ

Phone: 116 123

 

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Partner Programs

Partner Programs

We are immensely grateful for all those kind and generous people who volunteer their time and expertise to help us to help Torbay's hungry children.

The number of organisations that are supporting us financially has grown steadily over the years. In response to requests to highlight your support for us on your website, we are pleased to make available a "Valued Partner" logo.

 

In order to maintain consistent branding we ask the following:

1. Your organisation obtains written (via email) permission to use the logo on your website.

2. You only use the logo in the manner that we have agreed with you. Should you deviate from these guidelines, we may ask you to modify your use, or even to stop, using the logo.

3. You do not modify the logo (such as changing colours, or altering its square format, for example).

4. You do not imply a relationship with Feed A Child Torbay other than that previously agreed with you.

 

You may right-click and save the following logo. It's a PNG file, so will show transparently the background of the webpage on which it is displayed. The image size is 300px x 300px but you may resize it smaller if you wish.

If you have any other requirements (such as print-quality versions of our Valued Partner logo) please contact us. We are very happy to assist you.

We would be grateful for the logo to provide a link to "https://feedachildtorbay.org.uk".

 

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Videos

Wednesday 25 November 2020

We are creating a series of videos to help our volunteers.

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How does Feed A Child Torbay operate?

Feed A Child Torbay rely entirely on donations of money and food, as we have done since our beginnings in 2017. Our usual approach to providing food for children is to help compensate for the lack of free school meals in the school holidays. We operate through schools and rely on school staff – who know the families and their needs – to tell us how many families require support. We provide meal kits to the schools, and they distribute them to the families.

Through the coronavirus crisis we have scrambled and adapted in many ways. I'm pleased that we have successfully provided non-perishable meal kits for the school holidays to a growing number of Torbay primary schools. In addition we provide emergency meal kits to primary schools, social prescribing staff and school nurses for distribution to families in urgent need, to tide them over until they can get a parcel from a food bank Working with the Council, we are also providing meal packs to children who have been excluded from school who would otherwise receive free school meals.

We are very pleased to work in cooperation with other food providers in Torbay, through the Torbay Food Alliance (new name: Torbay Community Support Alliance), a partnership of food banks and other organisations working to assure that food is available and distributed equitably to people who need it throughout Torbay: https://www.torbayfoodalliance.org.

Please advise what a donation could do for you?

For example, £275 would pay for:

  • about 12 "breakfast kits" - Each contains about 80 cereal bars and 60 juice boxes; schools use these to provide something in the morning to children who appear to have had little or no food since the previous lunch, to help those children learn better - or -
  • about 90 "meal kits" - Each contains non-perishable ingredients and cooking guidelines to feed a family of four. We provide these to schools both for emergency needs and for support to families in need during school holidays, when they must manage without free school meals - or -
  • the bags we need for the meal kits to support 141 families for a year.

We welcome donations of any size, small or large, it all helps :)

Do you have a dedicated bank account for your cause?

Yes, we bank with Nat West, sort code 60 21 48, Account number 59167688, Account name: Feed A Child Torbay (FACT)

How is FACT managed? For example do you run it yourself, have a committee and/or a treasurer?

Our constitution is available online here.

We have a chair, secretary, treasurer, from among our trustees.

We have no paid staff; everyone involved volunteers their time and efforts - and often a bit more.

Can you confirm the beneficiaries of donations will be representative of all communities and your good cause is fully inclusive and available for everybody to participate?

We work primarily through Torbay primary schools. Pastoral care tutors at the schools we serve tell us how many families will need support during school holidays.  We then provide the school with meal kits to provide each family with two easily prepared meals for the family for each week of school holiday.

We provide emergency meal kits to all primary schools in Torbay who request them. At this time we provide holiday meals to 16 of Torbay's 30 primary schools, across Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham. As our finances and volunteers allow, we are expanding to include more schools each year.

We are extending our offer of support to pre-schools as well. We hope some day to be able to support secondary schools and colleges also.

We work with the Council to provide parcels with 5-lunches each week for children who have been excluded from school but would otherwise receive free school meals.

We are beginning to work with doctors' surgeries to provide emergency meal kits that they can leave with families in need, when referring them to food banks for more substantial provisions.

Anyone who wishes to help can volunteer. Because we do not work directly with the children or their families, we don't require DBS checks or other procedures that might dissuade some people from getting involved.

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Feed a Child Torbay (FACT) sponsors "The Holiday Lunch Club" and has provided free hot meals to families, during school holidays, and during the COVID-19 Crisis.

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