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Eat That Frog back on the road!

Nina Pierson is loving the new vehicle – it has lots of boot space for deliveries

In these uncertain times, you certainly find out who your friends are! 

We’ve had some amazing donations and help from people and companies around the Bay, but Renaissance Retirement have really come up trumps by loaning a vehicle to Eat That Frog after the car we were using to pick up food donations and deliver Meal Bags in the community broke down and could not be repaired. The loan vehicle ensures we can continue to support the Torbay-wide community and get the much-needed Meal Bags to the most vulnerable local people during the Coronavirus crisis.
The donation came about after Jane Branch, who works at Eat That Frog, put in a call to Renaissance Retirement seeking their help. Jane lives at Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur-de-Lis Paignton development, which is partly what inspired her to come up with the idea. The retirement developer set the wheels in motion and the vehicle was swiftly made available to enable the continuation of the preparation and delivery of Meal Bags. We cannot thank Rennaissance Retirement enough for their very generous support!
Marc Evans, Regional Managing Director at Renaissance Retirement says: “When we got the request from Jane, we didn’t hesitate to help out. The scale of the crisis is unprecedented, and we have been happy to support organisations like Eat That Frog and pull together for the benefit of local communities. Some of our owners at the development, who have needed it, are supported by Eat That Frog so it is a real community effort. I am delighted to know that the loan vehicle will now go towards supporting a wider community effort by Torbay Food Alliance, ensuring the most vulnerable in the community are supported. A really uplifting collaboration between commerce, a CIC and the local council, has emerged from this awful pandemic and Renaissance Retirement is delighted to assist.”

May 1st 2020

Volunteers at the ready!

Jack Outterside, Nina Pierson, Lucy McGorian, Jake Bolton at The Pad, Paignton

It’s been a busy week at Eat That Frog’s Community Kitchen – but our team have had extra help from some new recruits – volunteers Jack and Jake!

Both men are originally from Torbay and are currently serving in the RAF – but are temporarily back home on stand-by from their usual postings. They contacted Eat That Frog last week because they wanted to help out in the local community until they’re called back on active duty.
They’ve been absolute towers of strength helping out our Community Kitchen team, especially for chef Nina Pierson, who was relieved to have extra hands to look after meal preparation, bagging and home deliveries, as demand for prepared meals increases for the most vulnerable people in Torbay.
Pilot Officer Jack Outterside, usually stationed at RAF Honington in Suffolk, says he wants to help vulnerable people who do not have a voice – he’s also keen to reach out to any veterans in the area who may need support during this time.
His friend and colleague Jack Bolton is a Senior Aircraftsman, usually based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, and he told us he’s really keen to give something back for people in need in his home town.
We salute all our volunteers who are giving up their free time to support less fortunate people in the community – thank you so much for all your help!

April 2020

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