We distribute food and other goods via the referral agencies below. Our services are by referral only and each case is treated on its own merits.
Between the start of the project in September 2012 and May 2016, we have helped more than 4,500 people and distributed more than 200 tonnes of food.
There are three main types of packs we distribute: Food pack, Household crisis pack, Toiletry pack. More information about the contents of the packs. We are also currently supplying fresh food, including fruit and vegetables, dairy produce, and meat vouchers.
In times of crisis and need, we can also provide baby packs, pet packs, and moving-in packs.
We operate a “coats for kids” scheme with Teignbridge District Council and Widecombe-in-the-Moor primary school, where good quality secondhand outdoor clothing is donated and re-distributed to those in need. We believe no child should be without a warm coat, especially in the winter months.
From 1 April 2016 we have been running the HITS Support (HITSS) Scheme, providing a small amount of credit on electric and gas meters in an emergency, emergency clothing and necessary travel for those in absolute need. Necessary travel might include a case when it is imperative that a client has to attend an important meeting, eg with Job Centre Plus or the Newton Abbot Citizens Advice Bureau.
Referral agencies for our packs
- Local people throughout the Teignbridge area
- Various churches throughout the Teignbridge area
- Teignbridge District Council Housing Services
- Teign Housing
- Job Centre Plus
- Plymouth PATH (Homeless Referral Team)
- The Star Homeless Housing Project (Sanctuary Housing)
- Social Services
- Most of the GP Surgeries throughout Teignbridge
- Health Visitors
- Care Direct Plus Adult Services
- Children’s Services and Mental Health Services, Teignbridge
- Home-Start/Sure Start Children’s Centres In Heathfield, Buckland, Newton Abbot, the Teign Valley, Buckfastleigh and Teignmouth
- Parent Support Advisors
- Devon and Cornwall Police, Teignmouth
- Teignmouth and Dawlish Citizens Advice Bureaus
- Dawlish Volunteer Bureau
- Volunteering in Health
- Youth Enquiry Service/Young Devon
- Assist Teignbridge
- RISE Recovery
- NHS Hospital Discharge Co-ordinators
- Cllr David Cox (HITS) Teignmouth
- Newton Abbot MP Anne-Marie Morris and her Senior Case Workers
- Newton Abbot Town Council