A FOOD bank has launched an urgent appeal for help after unprecedented numbers of people struggling to make ends meet turned to it for aid.
The Camborne, Pool and Redruth Food Bank is pleading for help to stock up its shelves after it ran out of food earlier this week.
The charity, which has supplied about 18,000 meals in January and February alone, had to purchase food from a supermarket to meet demand.
Organiser Don Gardner explained: "On Tuesday we ran out of food, we simply did not have enough stock to help everyone.
"We eventually managed to feed everyone but that was only after buying more food from a supermarket.
"Currently we have only got food for up to 12 families so we will have to go and buy more with the little money we have got.
"Earlier today we helped a man with four children who has no food in his house.
"Some people can only afford to eat every other day to make sure their children can eat every day.
"Urgent supplies are needed, last week 1,800 meals were distributed from the Camborne distribution centre alone."
The food bank is particularly short of tins of meat, ready meals in tins and pasta sauces.
Anybody able to help is asked to contact Mr Gardner on 01209 714592.