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Record demand for free food aid

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

PACKING BOXES: At Liskeard and Looe Foodbank busy packing boxes of food ration for the needy, from left, Harry Hingston, John Galatia and Andy Queen.

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FOODBANKS across South East Cornwall say demand has reached record levels as they prepare to feed the region's families this winter.

There are currently foodbanks in Callington and Liskeard but these both supply food to people across South East Cornwall, into Saltash, Torpoint and Looe.

Both have reported massive percentage increases in the amount of food going out of their doors.

"We have had a record month for food going out in October and it looks like things are only going to get worse," said Liskeard and Looe Foodbank project manager David Berry.

Mr Berry said that young families in particular have been asking for help: "There has been a 59 per cent increase in the number of children being fed since last year," the 48-year-old said.

The organisation, which was set up three years ago, currently delivers 16 boxes a week to individuals and families in need.

"We will always deliver the same day that a request is made. If somebody has got to that point where they have asked for help it generally means they are pretty desperate.

"And being a rural area, we deliver the vast majority of our food boxes to people's doors," Mr Berry said.

"We have fed 1,000 people this year alone. There are lots of different reasons why but it's mainly due to the current economic climate."

In Callington a foodbank was set up last year, following ever-increasing demand on the Liskeard and Looe branch, which used to supply the whole area.

The Callington branch is managed by 53-year-old Reverend David Jewell, who said: "So far we have fed 589 adults and 431 children.

"It's incredible considering that Callington is not a huge town.

"We have given out 6.8 tonnes of food. There is a lot more demand than we anticipated," he said.

"The busiest month that we have had this year was August. We think it may have been due to children not receiving free meals at school," Mr Jewell said.

"We gave out over a tonne of food in August," he added.

To help build up stock for the winter months, both branches have supermarket collections planned for next month.

One will be held on Thursday, December 1 at Tesco in Callington and the other will take place on Thursday, December 8 at Morrison's in Liskeard.

"We are expecting a very busy time over winter. We need to be ready to help," Mr Berry said.

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  • kernewekonan  |  November 24 2012, 12:19PM

    i don,t suppose there will be any tories in the queue, they only support job losses cuts more cuts part time pay & so on, just the attitude ****** you i am all right jack. but well done to the foodbanks.