Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

WATCH: Foodbank: "We know children are starving"

foodbank 2
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

4:19pm 13th September 2017
(Updated 4:19pm 13th September 2017)

A Cornishman, out of work because of long-term illness, says he could drift into crime if it wasn't for the foodbank.

Jacob uses Camborne Pool and Redruth, which is handing out 10 thousand meals ever month.

Organisers warn children are starving and supplies are dwindling as demand soars.

They reckon the situation is being made worse by delays to benefit payments.

Jacob tells ITV News Westcountry it's sometimes just a waiting game: "I might end up shoplifting at the worst, or something even worse; you just don't know really.

"It's a big struggle I think. It's difficult getting work and getting to work, especially if you haven't got a car and things like that. It can be really difficult".

foodbank appeal

Pirate FM told you the Camborne, Pool and Redruth foodbank was handing out up to 2000 over the summer alone, when free school dinners stopped.

Now, Don has told ITV News Westcountry the situation is not getting better: "We know there are children out there starving and that really does hurt.

"We get children in here and they see some sweets which have been given to us and they fall on them as if they've never seen sweets before".

He continued: "We've had ladies and men coming in with tears running down their faces saying 'I've never done this before. I worked for 40 years. I suddenely got made redundant'."

Don went on: "They stand there with a voucher in their hand and they're almost afraid to think we're going to give them the third degree instead of knowing we're here just to love and care for them.

"I think the welfare state needs to get down to the shop floor level. If you help people early on, they won't get in such a state. The benefit system, in my opinion, kicks in too late and some of the problems are already there".

You can read more at ITV News Westcountry here.

Back in June, Pirate FM told you how the CPR centre was being forced to ration handouts because of a rise in demand.

Colin reckons more families are feeling the pressure because of stuff like benefit cuts.

He is making a desperate appeal for donations: "It is just so important. We just can't make ends meet without it to be honest.

"We don't know where to go and I don't know what I'd do. The last thing anyone wants is to turn to crime, that's the last thing I'd want. This is an absolute godsend".

These photos show the foodbank shelves in June, compared to the previous Christmas.

foodbank 1

foodbank 2

Colin continued: "With the benefit cap, it's affecting so many people. I would absolutely recommend anyone to donate whenever they possibly can, just to help someone out".

Director Don Gardner says they have seen a big drop in donations and they are 'down to their last tins of beans'.

He said: "It's a struggle sometimes and we're not asking for a tremendous amount. If 10% of the people that walked into the Tesco stores across the area put in one tin a week, it would solve our problem.

"It's not a big amount to ask but we do see that constant pressure.

"We still need so much food. We're using 80 thousand tins a year now and that's got to come from the donations.

"We've never, ever been short of tins - I mean we've had tins and tins of them. Last week we only had three in stock".

Read more and find out how to donate or watch Don Gardner's appeal...

4:19pm 13th September 2017

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
driver using mobile phone

WATCH: The Cornwall drivers STILL using their mobiles

And the plea from a woman who almost died in a crash

train 1

WATCH: The new trains seen on route to Cornwall

The Intercity fleet will mean faster journeys

Most read
a38 crash

At least two people seriously injured in A38 crash

It scrambled police, fire crews and air ambulance

H&A 1

Death of young man at Cornish recycling plant

Police are making enquiries at the site in Redruth

Top articles

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Police: No one else was involved in Gaia Pope's death

National News: Police say Gaia Pope suffered no injuries to suggest anyone else was involved in her death.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Man arrested after 53 phones stolen at Royal Blood gig

Showbiz News: A man has been arrested on suspicion of theft after more than 50 mobile phones were stolen at a Royal Blood rock concert in Birmingham.

Stampede kills 15 near popular tourist town in Morocco

World News: At least 15 women were killed and another 10 people injured during a crush as food aid was distributed in a Moroccan village.

George Kruis and Mike Brown in England 35-man squad for Samoa

Sports News: England head coach Eddie Jones has named a 35-man squad for the final game of their Old Mutual Wealth Series against Samoa, live on <em>Sky Sports Action</em>.

Gritsy Bitsy and David Plowie show true grit to triumph in naming contest

Strange News: Doncaster Council's two new gritting lorries have been named after an "incredibly tight" public poll attracted more than 40,000 votes.

Newer article

WATCH: 'Hero' Navy crews deliver hurricane aid

Cornwall News: Photos show south-west ships dropping off medical supplies

Older article

WATCH: First seal rescue of the season off Cornwall

Cornwall News: Crews say the tiny pup was crying out for her mum

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall