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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".

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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.

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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

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