How we work
Feeding Cornwall is chaired by Don Gardner, Director of the Transformation CPR food bank. The steering group is made up of representatives from various food poverty organisations, faith groups, and small businesses.
What we’ve achieved
Through Transformation CPR a wide range of initiatives have been developed to support people in crisis and help transition them out of chronic poverty. These include a food bank plus with advice workers on site, a “Step Up Program” which offers intensive one to one mentoring and counselling services, snack and chat clubs, and Christmas hampers.
This winter a fuel bank project will be piloted in partnership with the npower foundation. The fuel bank will provide over 1,000 fuel insecure households with a voucher valued at up to two-weeks worth of fuel. This then ensures they have the facilities to cook the food they are given by the foodbank, and gives them the breathing space they need to get through the immediate crisis, and find the longer term help they need. The group are also planning food and fun provision for children and families during school holidays in the Camborne, Poole and Redruth areas.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Cornwall:
- 3.87% of adults suffered from hunger
- 9.49% struggled to access food
- 11.11% worried about not having enough food
About this research:
The University of Sheffield have published statistics of UK adult food insecurity at Local Authority scale. You can view the map of measures of food insecurity here.
Hungry is defined as having skipped food for a whole day or more in the previous month or indicated they were hungry but not eaten because they could not afford or get access to food.
Struggle is defined as a positive response to at least one of the following:
- Sought help accessing food
- Skipped or shrank meal
- Gave a reason for not having enough food
Worry is defined as choosing very worried or fairly worried about getting food.