New Paignton foodbank appeals for donations

The Paignton Community Larder is accepting donations and hopes to be ready to distribute food parcels by next month. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A new foodbank in Paignton is appealing for donations, after a previous one in the town shut down due to a lack of funding.

The Paignton Community Larder has already set up operations close to Paignton Parish Church, but still needs more donations of food and essentials as well as funding, before it can start distributing to the community.

It is run in partnership with Central Paignton Churches.

Anita Davies is one of the main organisers:

The Paignton Community Larder aims to fill the void left by the closure of the Anode Foodbank in the town last month due to a lack of funds.

Anita claims Anode gave out 144,000 meals last year, such was the demand from local people.

Paignton and the wider Torbay was ranked as the most deprived area in the South West according to a 2015 regional study.

With 37% of households thought to be at risk of poverty.

The new foodbank aims to replace the Anode Foodbank which closed last month due to a lack of funds. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The Paignton Community Larder has a Facebook page so those interesting in donating or volunteering can access updates and information.

Organisers are accepting donations, and hope to have enough to begin distributing food parcels by the start of December.

You can see Nick Smith's report in full here: