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Cornish foodbank handed out 750 meals in ONE hour

Cornish foodbank handed out 750 meals in ONE hour

Published by Emma Carton at 7:35am 12th September 2019. (Updated at 10:17am 12th September 2019)

There has been massive surge in demand at a Cornish foodbank.

Camborne, Pool and Redruth says it was up by around 30% over the summer holidays.

Bosses reckon the rise is down to parents facing extra pressure to put meals on the table.

The centres have issued a fresh appeal for help and Director, Don Gardiner, says every little helps.

"People are queuing to come into the foodbank - they're desperate".

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A Cornish foodbank reveals it has handed out 750 meals in ONE hour during the school holidays

"It has been busy, busy and more busy to be honest with you.

"This year we just - it's a silly thing to say - but we broke records. It's an awful thing to have to say when you're dealing with vulnerable people in the area.

"Families coming in with difficulty looking after the children. Those who are on free school meals - suddenly you've got three or four children at home - it costs a fortune.

"It's been constant throughout the six weeks. Just on the last Wednesday night, we provided 750 meals in an hour.

"People are queuing to come into the foodbank - they're desperate".

CPR Foodbank Director, Don Gardiner

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The Camborne, Pool and Redruth centres say demand has risen by around 30% this summer

CPR Transformation has four foodbanks across the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area.

The centres provided around 3,000 children with meals during the summer holidays of 2018.

Although the official figures for 2019 are not in yet, bosses have estimated that demand has been up around 30%.

In fact it has been so high, the centres have been running out of food and had to boost their stocks by buying up extra supplies.

Don says September can be even worse because when the kids go back, parents are hit with bills for stuff like uniform and school trips.

"When you go back to school, the costs start in a different light.

"We're heading to Christmas, there's Halloween before that, they'll be birthday parties, the TV has already started with Christmas presents - there's a big hype.

"Children will say 'oh, my friends's going to have for Christmas £150 worth of this' and parents are saying no, we haven't got the money for it".

Don Gardiner

You can read more about the foodbank sessions and find out how to donate here.

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