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Bodmin food hub for needy off to a flying start

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 16, 2013

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  • Resident of Cosgarne Hall, Peter Tippett, giving Anna Hoyle a hand to deliver a car load of biscuits.

  • MERCY MISSION: Anna Hoyle delivering food to those in need.

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A CHARITY helping the hungry in Cornwall, with a new base in Bodmin, is appealing for public support to win up to £50,000 to support its work.

The Devon and Cornwall Food Association (DCFA) collects in-date food from manufacturers and distributes it to groups working with those suffering from food poverty.

It opened a base in Plymouth in early 2011 and another in Exeter last year, which to date have prevented more than 182 tonnes of food, worth £115,000, from going to waste.

Its new Cornwall Hub is run from her Bodmin home by Anna Hoyle and supplies organisations including Age UK day centres, homelessness charities and foodbanks.

It has distributed more than 1.5 tonnes of food in its first month and Ms Hoyle is now looking for permanent premises with fridge and freezer space, office facilities, dry storage and easy access for delivery vehicles.

DCFA is also in with a chance of winning up to £50,000 from the People's Millions lottery fund and asking the public to vote for it on November 26.

"I started the Cornwall Hub because I knew there was food going to waste in the county and many people in the area suffering food poverty," Ms Hoyle said.

A donation of 1.5 tonnes of broken biscuits from Furniss in Redruth was worth more than £1,400 to the groups which shared it and helped more than 500 people, she said.

"We're trying really hard to secure a property so we can deal with large quantities of food, and here I am already receiving and redistributing 480 boxes of biscuits," Ms Hoyle said. "It's been great so far."

DCFA company secretary Geoff Read said the People's Lottery was offering "a very exciting opportunity for us.

"The public telephone vote takes place on November 26 and the number to ring will be published in the national press and on the local ITV news on the day," he said.

"We'll find out the next day if we've been successful, so we're asking as many people as possible to keep an eye out for the numbers and to vote for us."

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