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Warehouse plan for Camborne, Pool and Redruth foodbanks

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 27, 2013

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MANAGERS of a foodbank service in Camborne, Pool and Redruth (CPR) are hoping to open a new warehouse to keep up with rising demand.

In a joint venture the Methodist Church and Anglican Church in Cornwall have given out 14,000 meals in the area since August.

The two foodbanks are housed at Methodist chapels in the Camborne-Redruth Circuit.

The Reverend Mike Firbank, vicar of Camborne and chairman of the Camborne-Pool-Redruth charity, Transformation CPR, said: "There are six independent foodbanks in the west Cornwall area, two of which are housed at Methodist chapels.

"They have now applied to have the first Fairshare warehouse in Cornwall – a transportation hub for foodbanks.

"Tesco has already donated a lorry-load to them. Last month the foodbanks, which use more than 40 volunteers, gave out thousands of meals and they have also been trying to lobby politicians to address the needs within the region.

Cornwall Council will have to cut another £190 million from its budget in the next few years so local authority support is highly unlikely."

Cold weather, high unemployment, and changes in council tax benefits are all said to have been contributing factors to the rise in numbers of people who are in desperate need of food, said a spokesman for CPR Foodbanks.

Collection points for the foodbanks can be found in Tesco in Redruth, Camborne and Pool, and all 16 of the Methodist chapels in the Camborne-Redruth circuit.

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  • emurfitt  |  November 27 2013, 10:48AM

    We should learn from government attitudes to the poor and their welfare benefits. I suggest that for every person needing the food banks, politicians should forfeit a piece of their fat salaries. Say £100 off every politician's salary for each person unable to feed themselves and their family. Make it a rule that there be no fiddling the statistics.The only viable solution is a real job with a living wage for each person at the food bank. Anything less and the fat salaries at Westminster start to shrink. Then see the economy recover in a public-spirited way!

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  • willythefish  |  November 27 2013, 10:46AM

    @yveyk I think you will find that some of the foodbanks also run occasional courses in cooking and budgeting. Perhaps you could volunteer to help with one of these by sharing your expertise.

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  • yveyk  |  November 27 2013, 7:07AM

    Food banks are no good unless people know how to make the food go further. You need to be able to cook well to make the most of the food. I use a slow cooker or a pressure cooker to maximise the amount of food you can cook at a price that is economical. If you haven't been taught to use economy cooking devices what chance do you stand of producing good hot nutritional food.

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