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Cornwall Named UK's Poverty Capital

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9:17am 7th May 2014
(Updated 9:17am 7th May 2014)

Cornwall is named as one of Europe's top ten poverty capitals.

Figures from Eurostat say the Duchy is the worst off place in Britain and falls behind places like Poland, Lithuania and Hungary.

Average wages here are £14,300 - nationally they are £23,300 and across Europe, £20,750

Kim Conchie from Cornwall's chamber of commerce told Pirate FM jobs and pay are key: "We're still some 18% below the national average at the moment in Cornwall and that's unacceptable so I want the council and large employers In Cornwall to take a stand and make sure that over the next ten years low wages are addressed."

He added that some support is there though: "Why the government is generous with Cornwall is that we are still behind the curve and they see the need for spreading prosperity throughout the country and that means Cornwall needs more than its fair share at the moment."

But the Duchy's foodbanks say they can only see things getting worse. Use has more than doubled in three years, the outlet in Camborne, Pool and Redruth is dishing out more than nine thousand meals a month.

Rachel Collard runs Launceston's foodbank and told Pirate FM they have helped two thousand out of the eleven thousand strong population: "Whereas last year it was people in crisis, it is now people that just cannot afford to live, so what was a crisis is becoming a day to day problem for people.

She added that many families find it hard to ask for help: "Especially working families who have never really had to come in for help before, they feel that they shouldn't really be here. But it is here, it is there for everybody who is facing a crisis and that is what we try and get across."

Here is a list of local food banks:

Bude New Life Centre, 35 The Strand, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8RA
Mon to Thurs  10.00am-1.00 p.m. and 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. and Friday 10.00 to 1.00 pm
www.budenewlifecentre.org, 01288 359714, info@budenewlifecentre.org

Mustard Seed Church Car Park, next to the church.
Covering PL17 area-Gunnislake, Calstock, St Dominick, Harrowbarrow.
Mon, Wed and Fri 2pm - 4pm.
David Jewell, 01579 389576.
Also on Facebook - Callington Foodbank.

Camborne, Pool, Illogan, Redruth Foodbank
Camborne Tues 1:30-3:30 and Thurs 10:00 - 12:00
Redruth Thurs 10:00-12:00
01209 714592,
donovan.gardner@sky.com / donovan.gardner@homecall.co.uk
Helston and Lizard Foodbank
Mustard Seed Café, Helston.
For more information ring 01326 564 194 or email helstonfb@post.com

Launceston Foodbank
Newport Industrial Estate, Launceston, PL15 8EX.
Monday & Thursday 10am-12pm.
Central Methodist Church, Dingley Hall, Castle Street, Launceston, PL15 8BA
Tuesday & Friday 10am-12pm.
rachael.j.collard@hotmail.co.uk. Tel: 01566 779550 /07790009450
Facebook - Launceston Foodbank /www.launceston.foodbank.org.uk

Liskeard and Looe Foodbank
Covering South East Cornwall including Torpoint, Liskeard & Looe. Postal address: c/o Grace Community Church, Oaktrees, Morval, Looe.
Liskeard.Foodbank@gmail.com Tel: 07512 011452  http://liskeardlooe.foodbank.org.uk/

Newquay Foodbank
Tuesdays: 10am-12noon at St Columb Minor Church Hall
Fridays: 10am-12noon at Methodist Church Newquay
Also at Newquay Christian Centre on an ad hoc basis.

Par Foodbank
Based ar Par St Mary's Methodist Church, Par.
Open Mon and Wed 2.30 - 4.30.
www.staustellfoodbank.org.uk, 01726 65313/07896 496269
(Emergency & out of hours: 07896 496269), enquiries@staustellfoodbank.org.uk

Penryn and Falmouth Foodbank
Highway Community Centre, Penryn. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00 - 1.00pm
01326 618575

Penzance Foodbank
The Stores (next to the parade of shops), Treweath Road, Treneere, Penzance
Thursdays: 9.30am-12 noon Tel. 07950 159841
Perranporth Foodbank
10.00am - 11.30am at St Michaels Church
http://www.trurofoodbank.org/ , 07721 711669 info@trurofoodbank.org

St Austell Foodbank
St. Austell Foodbank is based at 'more than Coffee', 16B Truro Road, St. Austell, PL25 5JB.
Open Mon and Fri 1.00 - 3.00 and Tues 10.00 -12.00
www.staustellfoodbank.org.uk, 01726 65313/07896 496269
(Emergency & out of hours: 07896 496269), enquiries@staustellfoodbank.org.uk

Saltash Foodbank
Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Callington Road, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6LA.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2.00 to 4.00 pm.
info@saltash.foodbank.org.uk  07580 665785

Truro Foodbank
Distribution Centres: Truro Methodist Church, Union Place, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1EP,
Open Mon & Thurs 10-1pm
All Saints Highertown Church. Tresawls Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LD,
Open Tuesday 10am-12pm
http://www.trurofoodbank.org/ , 07721 711669 trurofoodbank@gmail.com

Wadebridge, Camelford and Bodmin Foodbank
Wadebridge Foodbank and Furniture Store, Bridgend, Gonvena Hill, Wadebridge PL27 6DA (next to Julian Foye),
Mon-Thurs 10am - 4pm.
Bodmin Foodbox collection from Bodmin Christian Fellowship, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin PL31 2NS (past Fire Station)
Weds afternoon 1.30-3pm.
Camelford Foodbank at St Thomas Chruch PL32 9PD (next to car park)
Tues 10.00 - 12.00
www.wadebridgefoodbank.org, 01208 815374 or 07813 606291

How to get vouchers:

You will need to get a foodbank voucher. A voucher can be obtained from local care professionals and voluntary organisations (your GP, Social Worker, School, Health Visitor, Midwife, CAB, the local churches, Police, Probation, the Children's Centres etc). If you are unsure who to go to, contact your local Foodbank.

9:17am 7th May 2014

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