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500 Meals A Day Given Out By Cornish Foodbanks

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7:01am 23rd April 2013

Pirate FM has learnt almost five hundred meals a day were given out by Cornwall's foodbanks last year.

Stats from Bude to Saltash to Penzance have been added together for the first time.

In all the fourteen organisations gave out 178,517 meals during 2012.

Organisers have told us they fear that number is set to rocket in 2013.

The highest number of meals were distributed in Camborne/Redruth, where 46,968 meals were distributed, followed by Launceston, Truro, Liskeard and Looe at around 9,000 each.

Bob Girvan from the Truro service said: "Some people will decide - 'Do I heat or do I eat?' and in the end they decide they will pay to get the heat and come to us to get the food because they couldn't afford both and they didn't want to get into stealing.

"If your shopping bill starts to be another £3 or £4 more on a weekly basis people are not going to be able to afford it. There's an awful lot of people who've got pride, do not want to get into debt. They will pay their bills but will go without."

Organisers are urging people to contribute by buying extra food and leaving it in collection baskets situated in Cornish supermarkets.

7:01am 23rd April 2013

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