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.