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New Plan to Tackle Cornwall's Food Poverty

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 12th October 2013.

There are new plans to help tackle food poverty in Cornwall.

A new project could boost our access to healthy food, cut obesity and create jobs.

It will provide affordable food to schools, care homes and community hospitals.

This could help take pressure off foodbanks.

The Duchy is getting a share of £1 million to help support the local food industry.

Officials will look at how we get our food and how it is used.

The Duchy's director of Public Health Felicity Owen, said: "At the moment 6 out of 10 adults are overweight or obese in Cornwall, 40 percent of our food is wasted that we buy every week, and too many people are relying on foodbanks every week. There is also a large number of people who are employed in the food sector.

"We will be able to work towards having healthier, affordable and accessible food across the community in Cornwall. We would also like to see a better economic output from increased markets, more jobs, and a more sustainable local economy."

Mike Pearson, from Cornwall Food, said: "Cornwall could become an example of a county that no longer has food poverty, within reason. We need to give good, wholesome food, that is healthy and that we can produce cheaply.

"If we could make people healthier through this programme, so you can see some of the problems with obesity reduce, and to feel healthy makes you feels better, so if this food programme even achieves a little bit of that, it's going to be a good thing."

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