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Foodbank users continue to rise

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

Hayley, the 2,000th customer of Truro Foodbank, receives supplies from volunteers, Karenza Fern, Janet Brierley and Janice Lark at the centre at Truro Methodist Church.

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A PIONEERING charity that gives food to people in need from Truro has supplied its 2,000th client.

This month also marks the three-year anniversary of Truro Foodbank.

The charity said the continuing recession meant that more and more people were in need of the Foodbank service.

Bob Girvan, Truro Foodbank manager, said: "Local people continue to be adversely affected by the current economic downturn and by the end of August we had already supplied food to more people than we did in the whole of 2011.

"As well as parents struggling to feed their children we are seeing more young people who are unable to find work."

Truro Foodbank is affiliated to the Trussell Trust which has launched more than 250 foodbanks across the UK.

The charity provides a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.

Malcolm Henderson, chairman of Truro Foodbank, said: "Though we are seeing an increase of over 50 per cent in the number of people seeking help this year, we are tremendously grateful for the generosity of local folk as every week they fill our food bins at Tesco's and Sainsbury's ensuring we have a good stock of food.

"We are often asked if people take advantage of the foodbank and the answer is definitely not.

"Most folk visit us just once or twice by which time their emergency situation has been resolved. This is why we operate a voucher system through local agencies as then we know that the customer is receiving professional help."

The picture shows Hayley, the 2,000th customer, receiving supplies from foodbank volunteers, Karenza, Janet and Janice at the centre at Truro Methodist Church.

See page 18 for a story about a new scheme to help supply foodbanks across Cornwall.

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