Demand grows as Penzance Food Bank celebrates second anniversary
THIS week marks the second anniversary since the Penzance Food Bank was formed and demand for its services continue to grow.
According to chairman Christine Gendall, there has been a more than 50 per cent increase in the demand for food relief in the past year.
“At the moment demand for food parcels is growing,” said Mrs Gendall.
“This is partly down to the fact that we’ve become better known over the past two years but also because people are feeling the effects of the cuts and the introduction of the ‘bedroom tax’.
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“We are finding that the customers coming to us from a complete cross-section of the community.
“We will be delighted when we get to the stage when we are no longer needed and can close but unfortunately I cannot see that being any time in the near future.”
The foodbank, which is entirely independent but run under the umbrella of Churches Together in Penzance, has distributed 1,791 boxes of food since its formation in October 2011, feeding 3,834 people in an area stretching from Crowlas all the way down to Land’s End.
The food is brought to the foodbank headquarters at Treneere on Tuesdays and distributed on Thursdays with a satellite station in St Just.
To qualify for a food bank voucher, you have to be referred and given one through a variety of sources – by a GP, a health visitor, healthcare agency, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Addaction or the JobCentre.
A team of around 25 volunteers help to collect, pack and distribute the food boxes which not only contain tinned and packet food but also, unusually for foodbanks, plenty of fresh food – fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products, purchased on a weekly basis.
Mrs Gendall says that as the Penzance Food Bank is independent, it relies almost entirely on donations.
“All our dried and tinned food is given by members of the public, mainly via supermarkets, village stores and local churches and we are very grateful for their generosity in ensuring that we always have enough food to cover our weekly needs.”
Donations may be handed in to the store on Tuesday mornings between 9 and 10am or to The Giving Shop in the Wharfside complex from where it will deliver it to the food bank.
For emergency enquiries, call 07950 159841.