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"Worse than ever" poverty sees increased use in Camborne Pool Redruth Foodbank

By wbchris  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

Packing boxes at the CPR Foodbank In Camborne are l-r ; volunteer Mike Uden, Don Gardener and volunteer Margaret Gunn.

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Poverty in Camborne, Redruth and Pool is worse than ever according to a charity co-ordinator.

Don Gardner, who is co-ordinator of the CPR Foodbank, blames delays in government benefits and zero hour contracts for the increased of use at the facility.

Figures show a rise from 6,500 meals provided in April 2013 to 8,500 in April 2014.

March displayed a similar jump with 9,000 meals dished out, a rise of 1,000 from the previous year.

He said: “The increase in use of the service is partly down to biting delays in government benefit.

“We had one instance of a foodbank user having their benefits suspended for two months because they were 15 minutes late to their sign on due to a late bus, leaving them with no money with which to live.

“Zero hour contracts are also leaving people desperately short as one week they can have a full week’s work, however the following week they could have no income at all.

“This is a very serious issue that needs addressing because how is someone meant to budget for food if they don’t know when they will be working from one week to the next, effectively putting them on standby.”

One instance that Mr Gardner believes typifies the desperate times in the area is the visit of a local school into the foodbank.

When the children were asked to write down a prayer, one pupil penned the passage “please god send us food tomorrow”.

He said: “For me this typifies the hurt in some parts of the town, especially as one area is already listed in the top ten most deprived areas in Europe.”

Mr Gardner and the 40 volunteers that run the foodbank have now expanded their operation and now offer the services of Foodbank Plus, an initiative that helps signpost people to housing.

The centre also offers a computer suite to help user look for work and access government services online.

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  • break  |  June 20 2014, 7:11PM

    Its obvious this would happen, the CPR area was poor in the days of mining so its no surprise its like it is now, just looking at the area it looks poor and unkempt. The number of houses has already increased 3 fold in the last 50 years with nothing ever done about jobs or infrastructure, and rumour has it that Cambornes inward migration is set to rise to 82%, probably with 1 or 2 jobs created, which will be lost again soon after and the infrastructure staying as it is. If the past is anything to go by, we'll still get treated like we don't exist. They should just buy the whole area, make us all homeless and wipe the CPR area off the map cause that's what they're trying to do.

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  • Penzanceman  |  June 20 2014, 2:31PM

    I think the time has come for the UN to become involved in this issue. I would suggest regular drops of essentials by helicopter over the affected areas. By 'essentials' I mean fags, drink, take-aways, phone re-chargers etc., etc. The sort of things identified by crgee.

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  • blue_fish  |  June 20 2014, 2:11PM

    @crgee No-one 'advertises free food'. People in genuine hardship are referred for temporary short term help (usually three days) of emergency supplies. That's not to say that there may not be *some* cases of abuse - they happen in any system. However, (and I speak from first hand knowledge) the vast majority of those who receive short term help are in genuine dire need. Your sneering nastiness merely demonstrate your ignorance. I suggest you just be grateful that you haven't needed any help (yet).

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  • crgee  |  June 20 2014, 11:48AM

    When you advertise ''free food'' you can be sure that all the ''dole dossers'' will form an orderly queue.. fag in one hand expensive mobile in the other and 50" telly at home.. I know some of them !!

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