12 November 2013
Methodist Churches in Cornwall feeding the hungry
The Methodist Church has been working alongside the Anglican Church in Cornwall to set up two independent Foodbanks. Together they have given out over fourteen thousand meals since August 2013.
The two Foodbanks are housed at Methodist Chapels in the Camborne-Redruth Circuit in West Cornwall, where there are high levels of poverty and no longer a significant industrial base. The manager of the Foodbanks is a Methodist steward who has helped to offer meals to individuals and families that are most in need, this includes many children who receive free school lunches when at school.
Revd Mike Firbank, Vicar of Camborne and chair of the Camborne Pool Redruth charity, Transformation CPR, said: "There are six independent Foodbanks in the West Cornwall area, two of which are housed at Methodist Chapels, and they have now applied to have the first Fairshare warehouse in Cornwall (a transportation hub for Foodbanks). Tesco have already donated a lorry-load to them. Last month the Foodbanks gave out thousands of meals and have also been trying to lobby politicians to address the needs within the region. Cornwall Council will have to cut another £190 million from its budget in the next few years so local authority support is highly unlikely."
The CPR Foodbanks have over forty volunteers helping each week to distribute over twenty three thousand meals to over five hundred and forty families. Cold weather, high unemployment, and changes in council tax benefits have been contributing factors to the rise in numbers of people who are in desperate need of food.
Collection points for the Foodbanks can be found in Tesco in Redruth, Camborne and Pool, and all sixteen of the Methodist Chapels in the Camborne-Redruth Circuit.