Guest Blog: What’s hopping at Eat That Frog this week?

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(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

Here’s an update from Eat That Frog:

Everyone’s finding life more difficult at the moment – but if you managed to eat breakfast this morning, then actually you’re doing well! This current crisis has highlighted how many people locally struggle with something as simple as feeding themselves and their families – whether through lack of money, no ability to get supplies, or because they’re living in accommodation without cooking facilities.

At Eat That Frog, we’ve been helping people in food poverty for the last few years by collecting surplus food from supermarkets and offering it free to local people via our Community Fridge in Paignton. It helped people make their money go further and prevented good food from going to waste. But since the lockdown, like everyone in Devon, we’ve had to adapt the way we work so we can still offer help to the people who need it most!

We’re helping feed Torbay by transforming our centre into a Community Kitchen – this means our dedicated staff and volunteers have been prepping up to 650 meals a week, supporting elderly Lunch Club regulars or vulnerable local people and families, with delicious dishes delivered right to the door.

We’ve had amazing support and thoughtful donations from local people and businesses – this crisis has really brought out the best in our community. Torbay Council has been incredibly supportive, generously providing an extra fridge and freezer, which means we can turn fresh ingredients into a supply of nourishing meals such as soups and casseroles, to help people isolated at home.

Go Team Torbay!

We’re proud to be part of the Torbay Food Alliance – an innovative group of local food banks, voluntary and community support groups in partnership with Torbay Council and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. Eat That Frog are working closely with Ellacombe Community Partnership to deliver prepared meals to the most vulnerable and at-risk people who’ve just been discharged from hospital or are too frail to cook meals for themselves.

The alliance is a big step forwards for Torbay, not just during this crisis but long-term – it’s fantastic to see different organisations pulling together for the greater good. Some of us have worked together informally before, but this partnership with the Council, NHS and Adult Social Care referrers will make the very best use of resources and ensure no-one in Torbay who is really in need should go hungry.

If you’d like to help this vital work, The Torbay Food Alliance are raising money via a crowdfunder – you can donate here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/torbay-food-alliance

If you or someone you know is struggling with food supplies, please contact the Torbay Help Hub on 01803 446022 for referral for a food parcel or meal deliveries.

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