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Supplies running out as food demand soars at Hayle Foodbank

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Supplies running out as food demand soars
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A SUDDEN rise in demand for food packages has left Hayle Foodbank struggling for supplies in the run-up to Christmas with more working families calling in for help.

Volunteers working at the service say that they have come across families where parents are going without food to ensure that their children can still eat.

In the past couple of months the foodbank, which is run from Hayle Methodist Church, has seen an increase of 200 per cent in its services.

The biggest single rise was at the beginning of November when the number of people in need of food parcels doubled in a single week, from 20 to more than 40.

Hayle mayor, Jayne Ninnes, who volunteers at the foodbank said the majority of clients that come to the centre are in employment but still struggle to make ends meet.

"A lady two weeks ago described to me how she made a meal in the evening of a baked potato and beans for her daughter. This was the last food she had in the house, her wages would not be paid for another four days and she knew there was no food in the house for breakfast.

"She herself did not eat," said Mrs Ninnes.

"Luckily, the next day, her health visitor told her about the foodbank, so she and her daughter were able to eat. The lady works as many hours as she can get while her child is in school, but her employer has just cut her hours from 24 to 12 – her rent and heating take up nearly all of her income."

For the first time this year, foodbank volunteers had to do a shopping trip, as supplies of much-needed staple foods could not meet the demand.

Mrs Ninnes said the foodbank was preparing for demand to continue to rise over the next few weeks.

She added: "We have seen an upsurge in use as people begin to need to heat their homes more. As the colder weather comes, more and more people go into fuel poverty and are choosing between heating and eating.

"We have also had an upsurge in those who were in temporary seasonal work who are now job-seeking again. The two issues combined have led to an increase in demand for the foodbank.

"The majority of foodbank users are in work but receiving very low pay. Many would love more hours but their employers simply cannot offer more hours in the current economic climate. It is very sad that people do need to use foodbanks to feed their families."

Throughout the year the foodbank, which relies on voluntary donations, has fed around 1,500 people.

The foodbank was recently supported by chef Sanjay Kumar, who helped create a recipe book for users to get the most out of donated items.

Mrs Ninnes said she hoped the booklets would also help people to donate items which could be of most use for clients.

Items particularly sought include tinned meats and vegetables. Special Christmas boxes are currently being put together for which donations are being accepted at Hayle Co-op or through a local church.

For more details visit www.haylefoodbank.co.uk

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  • Benefits4all  |  December 05 2013, 5:01PM

    Everyone in this country gets benefits. EVERYONE. People should either learnt to prioritise (no cigs or not sky tv) or learn how to cook properly so that the food goes further. This means saying goodbye to ready meals and hello to bags of Veg, rice and pasta.

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  • josdave  |  December 05 2013, 4:21PM

    Everybody needs to ask their MP a very simple question and see if any of them give a straight answer. "What has this government done to punish those who caused the recession?" The answer is clearly nothing but will any of them admit that? No they would prefer to go on making the rest of us suffer while giving away money we don't have.

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  • manicstreet  |  December 05 2013, 3:16PM

    Meanwhile Prince charlie boy spends £half a million on his 65th birthday.

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  • dee_2  |  December 05 2013, 2:24PM

    I find myself in agreement with everything said so far albeit being said in different ways. But exactly what will be the impact on all of our problems once the doors are opened to unrestrained in-migration in January 2014? Will it make things better or worse? Looking at the strains on our infrastructure at this moment in time, I suspect things must get worse.

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  • cornishgirl  |  December 05 2013, 12:28PM

    We need to send a message to our politicians; we are sick and tired of lies, pigs with noses in troughs, the eu draining us, benefit scroungers. The wrong people are suffering in all this. One point I would like to make, we have got too used to creature comforts; when I was a child the winters were much colder than now and we (our family) did not have the heating we have now, so we wore thicker clothing and Mum made meals that warmed us - lovely stews. Think about it!

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  • D-Head  |  December 05 2013, 11:35AM

    Yes #Fizissist but who will replace them? Labour? Under Blair/Brown the gap between rich and poor grew to record levels. The only answer is to vote UKIP - at least this way we will stop bailing out other nations who, in the case of India, are set to overtake us in the global economy very soon. Will they then be sending us money? With virtually all of our essential services now in the hands of foreign bankers/investment companies, we're rapidly adopting all the characteristics of a third world nation.

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  • Fizissist  |  December 05 2013, 11:09AM

    This incompetent apology for a government are only concerned about the rich; higher rate tax cut, selling of Royal Mail at a discount to their mates, reducing employment protection, hitting the poor and vulnerable with the bedroom tax etc. The sooner they go the better.

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  • josdave  |  December 05 2013, 11:00AM

    I don't get that bit about aid. How can we give away money we don't have to countries who don't give a toss about us while at the same time forcing stringent cuts on essential services to those who live in this country? India has spent £1billion on a space programme and £250,000 on an F1 race circuit and we are supposed to help them? Crazy

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  • D-Head  |  December 05 2013, 10:46AM

    Not to worry mate, come the new year a million eastern Europeans will be over here to boost the economy!

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  • Truro_England  |  December 05 2013, 10:45AM

    Remember in the late 80's and early 90's, we use to watch news reports of Russians standing in the cold at food banks. The gap between the rich (MP's) and the poor is widening, also what doesn't help is big greedy companies who's fat cat managers, directors and stake holders rake the profits, while the common worker at the bottom gets minimum wage. When the next bank bail out happens (next year) instead give everyone over 18 via HMRC tax details £3k, this sum has to go towards paying off debt, once debt like credit cards, HP, loans etc are cleared, make future applications harder and the credit legislation tougher.

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