Hayle Foodbank overwhelmed by donations following plea for supplies
Following an appeal in The Cornishman, volunteers at Hayle Foodbank have been overwhelmed with the response as donations flooded in from generous readers.
Since our report highlighted the need for more supplies in the run-up to Christmas, the main collection point in the town was overflowing.
Donations came in from as far afield as Denmark, with money pledged all day on the foodbank website.
Hayle mayor, Jayne Ninnes, who volunteers at the foodbank, was delighted with the amount of donations.
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She said: “Hayle Foodbank would like to thank readers of the Cornishman and all shoppers at the Co-op for their amazing response to the request for help for Hayle Foodbank. The collection point in the Co-op was brimming over and Co-op staff had already emptied the box once. Shoppers at the Co-op donated three trollies full of food to help make Christmas a time of joy for families in Hayle.”
Over the past two months Hayle Foodbank has seen a 200% increase in the number of people using its services.
Many families who are using the foodbank are in employment, but are still struggling to make ends meet.
Upon hearing this news, Hayle and District Lions Club wanted to show their support to the charity and recently presented them a cheque for £1,530.
President of the club, John Broadbridge, said the club regularly fundraise for local causes and were keen to support the foodbank.
“After seeing the article on the front of The Cornishman we held a meeting and said ‘we have to do something about this’. I couldn’t sit there at Christmas thinking that people in Hayle are going without.”
Foodbank volunteers have been making up special Christmas Treat Boxes, including cakes, tinned goods and stocking fillers for children.
Chef Sanjay Kumar, of the Headland Hotel, made a booklet of recipes to help clients use all the ingredients in their food parcels and recently returned to the foodbank to hold a cooking demonstration.
Donations can still be made at the Hayle Co-op or through any local church. For more information visit www.haylefoodbank.co.uk.