Foodbanks are operating across the UK to feed people in crisis. They provide three days worth of nutritionally balanced food, in exchange for a foodbank voucher, from its drop-in centres. They also offer a free hot drink, a listening ear, and additional support where needed to help break the cycle of poverty. The food is donated, sorted and given out by volunteers.

Many foodbanks are operated by The Trussell Trust, in partnership with local churches. Others are operated by church groups independently from the Trussell Trust, but all work with the same aim – to combat hidden hunger across the UK, providing short-term help for those who are struggling to feed their families. There are many reasons that people come to a foodbank – including redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter.

  • 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line, including 3 million children.
  • Many struggle to put food on the table. Thousands simply go without.

Start a foodbank near you

The foodbanks in Cornwall are listed below. If there isn’t a foodbank near you and you’re thinking about starting one in your area, the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network can help you: find out more at http://www.trusselltrust.org/start-a-foodbank. You may also be able to get a start-up grant of up to £2,000 for your Foodbank from the Cinnamon Network – see http://cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/food-bank/.

Could you donate to the foodbank?

Donations of food are always welcome:
1. Check out the shopping list to see which items are taken by Trussell Trust foodbanks. The items on the shopping list allow the foodbank to make foodboxes that provide nutritionally balanced food for 3 days (approved by the South Wiltshire primary care Trust).

2. Please remember:

  • All food needs to be non-perishable, so nothing fresh please!
  • Owing to safety and storage restrictions, food must be within its recommended sell by or best before date.
  • The tins or packaging should not be damaged.

3. Take your food to your nearest foodbank or look out for a drop-box at your local supermarket.

Thank you for helping people in crisis!

Foodbanks in Cornwall

In Cornwall the Foodbanks currently open are:

BODMIN:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm at Bodmin Christian Fellowship, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin. PL31 2NS.
Tel. 01208 815374
Email: contact@wadebridgefoodbank.org
Website: www.wadebridgefoodbank.org.

BUDE: 
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 3pm
Fridays 10am – 1pm
Bude New Life Centre,  35 The Strand, Bude, EX23 8RA
Contact: 01288 359714.
Email info@budenewlifecentre.org.
Website:  http://bude.foodbank.org.uk/

CALLINGTON:
Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays 2pm-4pm at The Mustard Seed Church Parlour, 1 Launceston Road, Callington.
Tel: 01579 389576
Email: davidjewells@aol.com
Website: http://callington.foodbank.org.uk/

CAMBORNE AND REDRUTH:
Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30pm at Centenary Chapel, Camborne
Thursdays 10am-12noon at Redruth Methodist Chapel and at Centenary Chapel, Camborne
Clients need a cheque from an agency and ID and are provided with 7 days of food.
Collection points at Tesco Redruth, Tesco Camborne, Tesco Pool, All 16 Methodist Chapels in the Camborne-Redruth Circuit, Camborne Parish Church, Scorrier Christian Fellowship, St Andrews Parish Church Redruth, Redruth Baptist Church, St Euny Church Redruth, Morrisons Pool, Catholic Churches in Camborne and Redruth, Roskear Church Camborne
Website: http://cpr foodbank.co.uk
Contact Don Gardner 01209 714592, email:donovan.gardner@sky.com
Operated independently from the Trussell Trust.

CAMELFORD:
Tuesdays, 2-4pm at St Thomas Church, Camelford. PL32 9PD.
Tel. 01208 815374
Email: contact@wadebridgefoodbank.org
Website: www.wadebridgefoodbank.org.

HELSTON & LIZARD:
14-16 Wendron Street, Helston, TR13 8PS
T: 01326 564194
E: helstonfb@post.com

LAUNCESTON:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 10am – 12 noon at at Unit 13D Newport Industrial Estate, Launceston PL15 8EX
Tuesdays: 10am – 12 noon at Central Methodist Church, Dingley Hall, Castle Street, Launceston PL15 8BA
Tel: Manager Karen Milne 01566 779550
E-mail: manager@launceston.foodbank.org.uk or admin@launceston.foodbank.org.uk
Website: http://launceston.foodbank.org.uk/

LISKEARD & LOOE:
(Also covering Torpoint and Millbrook area)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9.30am – 12.30pm at Foodbank Centre (former Topfoto building),Unit 1, Barras Place, Liskeard PL14 6AY
For help at other times, please telephone 07512 011452 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
or email us at: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com
Website: http://liskeardlooe.foodbank.org.uk/
Donations at Co-op in Liskeard

NEWQUAY:
Tuesdays: 10am-12noon at St Columb Minor Church Hall, Church Street, St Columb Minor, TR7 3EY
Wednesdays: 2 – 4pm at The Source Cafe, Marcus Hill, Newquay
Fridays: 10am-12noon at Methodist Church Newquay, Beachfield Avenue, TR7 1DP
All food to make food parcels is donated and we have collection boxes for food donations, within Morrisons, Asda and Sainsburys, Barclays Bank Newquay, Barclays Bank Chester Road, The Yorkshire Building Society in Newquay and at the following churches: St Columb Minor, St Colan, Most Holy Trinity, The Salvation Army, Newquay Methodist, St Michaels, St Mawgan, St Enoder, The Christadelphian Church, St Columb Major
Operated independently from the Trussell Trust.
Website: www.newquayfoodbank.co.uk
Telephone: 07810271202
Email: newquayfoodbank@gmail.com

PENRYN AND FALMOUTH:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 12 noon – 1pm at the Highway Community Centre, Penryn (not Bank Holidays).
We have numerous food collection points ranging from the Asda supermarket, Penryn to The Natural Store in Falmouth – food can also be dropped straight to the store room (also at the Highway Community Centre), between 9.30am and 2.30pm Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
Tel: 01326 618575
Email: foodbank@highwaychurch.co.uk
Website: http://highwaychurch.co.uk/community/penryn-and-falmouth-food-bank/

PENZANCE:
Thursdays: 9.30am-12 noon at The Stores (next to the parade of shops), Treweath Road, Treneere, Penzance
Donate any non-perishable food goods at Tescos Penzance, Co-op Store Wherrytown, Boscaswell Stores Pendeen, Co-op in St Just, the Methodist chapel in St Just or contact the foodbank.
Tel. 07950 159841
Website: http://www.churchestogetherinpenzance.co.uk/ctipafoodbank.htm
Operated independently from the Trussell Trust.

PERRANPORTH:
Tuesdays 10am to 11.30am at St Michaels Church, Perranporth
Tel. 07721 711669
Email info@trurofoodbank.org
Website: www.trurofoodbank.org

ST AUSTELL:
Foodbank vouchers can be redeemed:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1-3pm at ‘more than Coffee’ 16b Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5JB T: 01726 65313
Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30pm at Par St Mary’s Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Par PL24 2AE T: 07531 352030
Mondays and Fridays 12noon – 2pm at The Dennison Centre, Roche C P School, Fore Street, Roche PL26 8EP T: 07563 712319
Email enquiries@staustellfoodbank.org.uk. Website: http://staustell.foodbank.org.uk/

ST IVES:
Tuesdays 10-11am at St Johns in The Field Church
Collection points at participating churches in St. Ives & Carbis Bay. The Town Hall is also a collection point, plus Tesco in St Ives. Anybody who is interested in having a collection box or a special collection event at their hobby group or work place should contact us for an information pack. It’s very easy!
Tel: 0845 634 1868
Email: stivesfoodbank@gmail.com
Website: http://www.stivesfoodbank.blogspot.co.uk/

SALTASH
Red Vouchers can be exchanged as follows:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2 – 4pm at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Callington Road
Tel: 07580 665785.
Website: http://saltash.foodbank.org.uk/

TRURO:
Mondays: 10am-1pm at Truro Methodist Church
Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon at All Saints Church, Highertown
Thursdays: 10am-1pm at Truro Methodist Church
Tel. 07721 711669
Email info@trurofoodbank.org
Website: www.trurofoodbank.org

WADEBRIDGE:
Monday – Thursday, 10am-4pm at Bridgend, Wadebridge. PL27 6DA
Tel. 01208 815374
Email: contact@wadebridgefoodbank.org
Website: www.wadebridgefoodbank.org.

In Devon:

BIDEFORD: http://bideford.foodbank.org.uk/
EXETER: www.exeterfoodbank.org.uk
IVYBRIDGE & BUCKFASTLEIGH: http://ivybridge.foodbank.org.uk/
OKEHAMPTON: www.okefoodbank.org.uk. Operated independently from the Trussell Trust.
PLYMOUTH: http://www.plymouthfoodbank.co.uk/

Further afield: view the foodbank map…

This video from the Trussel Trust explains more about foodbanks and the difference they make to people in crisis.

Imran Qureshi

Post updated September 2014.

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