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Cornish Families Facing A Foodbank Christmas

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6:07am 19th December 2014
(Updated 6:07am 19th December 2014)

It is feared some Cornish children face going hungry over the Christmas holidays.

It is because they will not have free school dinners and their families are struggling to make ends meet.

Foodbanks across the Duchy say they are seeing a rise in people turning to them for help over the festive period.

Bob Girvan from Truro's branch said: "Christmas does not change the fact people are in need. During the year we will have fed, I believe, over 2,500 people in this area. That is around a 20% increase on last year.

"Yesterday we fed a family. They are in emergency accommodation. They collected their food - but we put in some advent calendars and those children's eyes just lit up. It was like Christmas starting today."

David Berry is in charge at Liskeard and Looe's foodbank. He said: "It's going on throughout the year. People are hitting all types of crises. It doesn't stop after Christmas - it gets quite busy in January. So we're always in need of food and finance to keep us running.

"This year, since January, we have been donated around 21 tonnes of food, which we're overwhelmed by. We've distributed around 20.5 tonnes of that already - so it goes out as quickly as it comes in."

Last year the Newquay Foodbank handed out groceries to more than 1,130 people in the area. On Friday police are working with bars and clubs in the town to collect extra food in the resort.

Sector Inspector Dave Meredith, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Newquay Police work closely with our local Foodbank, and neighbourhood police officers regularly provide Foodbank vouchers for those in need in their communities. 

"The Christmas period may be very challenging for a lot of people in our community with schools closing for the festive holiday, there are more children at home to feed, and a lot of families really do rely on the Foodbank to keep them going.

“We would ask people to consider others less fortunate this Christmas, and make every effort to support Newquay’s Foodbank Friday by donating items of food.”

Collection bins will be at the following venues from 10am and remain at the premises throughout the day.

  • Bar Help, Central Square
  • Bank Street Bar and Grill, Bank Street
  • Sailors Arms, Fore Street
  • Walkabout, The Crescent
  • Bullpit Smoke House and Bar, Beach Road
  • Chy Bar and Kitchen, Beach Road
  • Cribbar, Gover Lane Lane

The Foodbank is happy to accept all donations of non perishable, in date, undamaged foods. But the following items would be very useful: rice, cous cous, porridge oats, cereals, tinned fruit, rice pudding, tinned carrots, UHT and dried milk, biscuits.

6:07am 19th December 2014

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