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30,000 Meals Requested From Foodbanks in Redruth and Camborne

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 3rd November 2012.

Cornwall's foodbanks go to the supermarkets to help them cope with demand.

A new project called 'Foodshare' will collect items being thrown out because of things like packaging or administration mistakes.

Pirate FM has learnt 30,000 meals have been given out to families in Camborne and Redruth alone this year.

Organiser Don Gardner said: "This 'Foodshare' will hopefully fill the gaps. Parishioners and members of the public are very generous but to keep up with 30,000 meals, 3,000 a month, it's a lot of food.

"An average of 5,000 tonnes of food a day gets dumped in landfill because of late deliveries, bar codes on the wrong side of packets, squashed packages etc. and I thought surely there's no need for this to happen."

The food collected will be stored in a warehouse in Redruth and then shared out with the entire Duchy's foodbanks.

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