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Vulnerable lives 'at risk' after food charity's closure

Vulnerable lives 'at risk' after food charity's closure

Published by Emma Carton at 8:06am 7th January 2020. (Updated at 8:40am 7th January 2020)

There are fears for the safety of some of Cornwall's most vulnerable after a charity's sudden closure.

Around 100 jobs were lost when the Fifteen Cornwall restaurant and Cornwall Food Foundation shut just before Christmas.

The organisation also ran Food for Change partnerships in towns across the Duchy.

The schemes helped people relying on foodbanks and those with mental health problems develop new skills and find work.

A former employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, has warned that the loss will have a huge impact and could put lives at risk.

"Skills like these - these people - will help them to grow, will help with their mental health, will help understand how to cook and will help how to enter society and the community again.

"It was helping them to become a valued member of the community again.

"The impact of losing the programme is immense.

"It's now going to put strain on the NHS, mental health services, social services and Cornwall Council as these people will not have support".

Anonymous Employee

In a statement given to Cornwall Live, Cornwall Council said it has worked with the foundation to offer people support.

"We were saddened by the sudden closure of the Cornwall Food Foundation. 

"We did financially support the charity over the years with loans to help in the delivery of some of their projects to train and support people into work.

"We are continuing to work with partners to understand the impact on the partnerships delivering these projects and the knock-on effect to those who benefited from them.

"When it became clear that the enterprise had decided to cease trading, we worked with Cornwall Food Foundation to offer welfare assistance to those directly affected by the closure to help them through this difficult time".

Cornwall Council

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