Emergency Food Store
Begun as a response to the needs of rough-sleepers in Mid Devon, CHAT’s Emergency Food Store has grown to become one of our best supported outreaches to the local community, with colecting boxes in supermakerkets and in churches and schools.
People need help with food for many different reasons, here are just a few:
- Family Breakdown
- Changes to Benefits
- Delay in Benefits
- Unexpected Financial Crisis
- Fluctuating Agency Work
- Fuel Poverty
- Between Jobs
- Health Problems (mental & Physical)
Our latest food list: SupermarketGroceryList See also our Facebook page for shortage items (visible at foot of Home page)
Agencies such as Children’s Centres, CAB and the local Council can refer people in need to us via a voucher system.
“I cannot thank you enough for your support. I feel very supported and in good hands. I still cannot believe that you organised this shopping which was full of the things I would buy normally. I got the shopping home, unpacked it and just cried. Just having this food to live off for the next week had made a huge difference.” Beneficiary of the scheme
Winter Fuel Poverty Scheme
Fuel poverty is a very real issue for many in Mid Devon, particularly in the rural areas. Statistics around fuel poverty fluctuate, the most recent ones we have access to are from 2012 which show that:
- One in five Mid Devon families is struggling to pay their energy bills
- 5,934 households (19%) spent more than 10% of their income on heating their homes – the benchmark of fuel poverty
From www.westernmorningnews.co.uk in 2012. Statistics will be updated as they become available.
Supported by Tiverton Town Council, our scheme has been running annually through the winter months since 2012. Through a voucher system we support Mid Devon clients with prepayment meters whose keys can be charged via a local retailer. We also signpost clients to other sources of help, both financial and practical, where appropriate.
Contact us by email or call 01884 255606