The Cornwall County area has some of the highest percentages of people going hungry, and many individuals and families are turning to food banks for assistance. This is becoming a major problem for the area, and there are too many individuals living in poverty and that do not know where their next meal will come from. Government studies show about one in four are living in poverty and many children and older people struggling with paying finding healthy food on a daily basis.
When out of options, there are several foodbanks that can offer a free parcel in an emergency. However the amount of groceries in the box will normally only last for a few days, so the staff and volunteers at the Cornwall locations will also try to provide other referrals.
Much of the perishable food in the area originates from donations as well as the Devon and Cornwall Food Association (DCFA) centre in Lostwithiel, and without the support the charities would not be able to operate, so please donate if possible.
Charity locations for food
Truro Foyer is a charity that provides support to young people under the age of 19. They can receive a free, hot meal as well as support in the form of clothing, shelter, and more. The office is at Lander Court, Truro, TR1 2NH, and the phone number is 01872 277422.
The Beacon of Light Centre serves tea and biscuits. People from the county on a low income can be provided a bag of food, and volunteers also signpost clients. The address is The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT. Call 07546 935786.
CPR food bank and soup kitchen services the low income in Camborne, Pool, Redruth and Illogan. Almost 50 volunteers work at this charity and serve thousands of free meals, including Christmas, to hundreds of families and elderly. They serve Sweet Biscuits, Milk, Vegetables, Pasta, and more, and the food parcel will have those items too. Telephone – 01209 714592.
Wadebridge Foodbank services the needy on Monday to Thursday from 10am – 4pm. Emergency food is in Bodmin, Camelford, Padstow, and passed out in Wadebridge as well.
Soup Kitchen at Newquay is open from Monday to Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm. Free meals and other aid is provided from the charity at Bank Street, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1DJ. Telephone is 0167 874137.
Church based foodbanks in Cornwall
St. Petroc’s Breadline can help the homeless and those in food poverty. Hot lunches or dinners are served, as well as a special Christmas meal to the low income. Other goods including clothing or a blanket. The location is on Bread Street in Penzance, and phone is 01736 366767. Read more Cornwall St Petroc’s Society.
Cornwall Trussell Trust network sites – There are several churches, which are all not-for-profits, that partner as part of organisation. As donations allow, a free food parcel may be passed out in an emergency, and it will have up to three days worth of goods, such as soup, meats, canned vegetables, and milk. Vouchers are needed to receive assistance from this not-for-profit. The main centres to try and the hours are below.
- Helston and Lizard has a telephone number of 078 3389 2289, and the distribution point is at 4-16 Wendron Street Helston Cornwall, TR13 8PS.
- Liskeard & Looe foodbank, Barras Place, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6AY, phone 07512 011452.
Mustard Seed Church Parlour also serves the vulnerable. The foodbank is at 1-3 Launceston Road Newport, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 7BS, and ring 01579 389576 for hours.
The New Life Centre is at 35 The Strand, Bude in Cornwall and is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm. Volunteers can provide a parcel and signpost clients to local charities.
The Methodist Church in Saltash is also part of Trussell Trust, so they operate a free food bank for people with a voucher. The post is Callington Road, telephone 07580 665785.