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Cornish foodbank 'won't let children go without food'

Cornish foodbank 'won't let children go without food'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:22am 19th March 2020.

A Cornish foodbank is promising that children won't go without food as schools across the UK close.

All across Cornwall and the country will shut their doors from Friday afternoon 'until further notice'.

The Prime Minister says classrooms will still be open for children of vital employees though, including NHS staff and the police.

The Camborne, Pool and Redruth foodbank will be dishing out free meals for kids who would normally get them at school.

"We will be doing food bags for the children, any child that's off school, if they're entitled to free school meals, then obviously we'll get around that.

"We will make sure that they still have enough food to keep them going.

"The more we can get the better it is, we can fight this virus through foodbanks and everybody can fight it, if they've got to isolate themselves at least they're going to have something in their bellies."

Warehouse manager, Ray Richards

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A foodbank is Cornwall is pledging to make sure no child goes without food as schools close across the UK

It comes as Pirate FM launches its Tonne of Tins appeal for the second year running, to help some of Cornwall's most vulnerable people.

The campaign is supporting struggling families in the Duchy from Saltash to St Ives by collecting donations for local foodbanks.

We are humbly asking the amazing people of Kernow to pop a couple of extra tins in the shopping basket across the whole of March.

Find out how to donate to Tonne of Tins here.

Ray Richards, from the Camborne, Pool and Redruth foodbank, says at a time where people are panic buying and supermarket stocks are low, it is even more important.

He says it "means the world" that people are still donating at this challenging time.

"Cornwall especially can fight this, we're not actually at peak yet, we will hit peak, if we do get to the point where it is really, really bad, we will do the best we can possibly do.

"We're taking as many precautions as we can to keep us going and keep the food going out, people need it, I think it will get bad, it really will get bad."

Ray Richards, from CPR foodbank

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