Cornwall

Concern over demand on Camborne Pool and Redruth Foodbank

The increase in demand for a foodbank in part of Cornwall is cause for concern, its organisers have said.

Camborne Pool and Redruth Foodbank (CPR) said the number of families it had helped had increased from three to 540 since 2010.

The organisation said it was supplying more than 1,000 meals to at least 60 clients each week.

Don Gardner, from CPR, said: "This is putting a fantastic strain on our volunteers and our resources."

He said: "This unfortunate situation has been brought about by the many changes in the government, funding and benefit rules, coupled with the economic downturn.

"There seems to be no let up."

Mr Gardner added the foodbank had never run out of supplies, but its 42 volunteers could not be "complacent in these difficult times".

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