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20 Mile Walk For Food in Cornwall

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7:01am 11th October 2013

Pirate FM has learnt desperate Cornish parents are doing a twenty mile round trip on foot to pick up food for their families.

St Austell Foodbank says it has had some walk in from Bugle and Lostwithiel.

The number of people it is helping has doubled in the last year, while the number of children has tripled.

Over the last six months the charity has helped almost 800 families.

Manager Steve Williamson said: "The reality is that most of the people we're seeing are people just like you and me - those that live next door to us, all around. You don't have to look far to find the sort of people who come in. It doesn't take a lot to be in a crisis.

"We've had people who have walked in from as far away as Bugle and Lostwithiel in order to get a food parcel. It breaks your heart to see people that much effort in order just to come and get three days worth of food."

The news comes as the Red Cross launches its first aid plan for starving families in Britain since the second world war.

7:01am 11th October 2013

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