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Foodbanks in plea for more help from public

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

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South East Cornwall's foodbanks are appealing for donations and volunteers as they continue to hand out food to locals in need.

Rob Humphreys, administrator of the Liskeard and Looe foodbank, said they needed more food and hoped the public would donate to a collection from 10am-4pm on Saturday, at Liskeard Morrisons.

"At the last collection local people donated just under a massive one tonne of food – most of which has now been donated to local people in short term need," he said. "The Liskeard and Looe foodbank had already helped 350 local people out of a crisis so far this year, and sees the problem of poverty continuing and growing.

"We only give food parcels to clients referred to us by a wide range of local front-line agencies, the food itself all coming through public donations and given away free of charge."

Mr Humphreys said they were hoping for donations of tinned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, plus coffee, chocolate bars and long-life milk. Siobhan Lavelle, from Saltash foodbank, said they were having more and more people coming in and agencies were issuing their vouchers more frequently.

"We're getting quite busy," she said. "We're hoping to have another collection within the next few weeks as our supplies are dropping because we've been so busy."

David Jewell, from Callington foodbank, said it had helped 387 people since opening in November.

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