Cornish schools start to refer families to food bank

Liskeard and Looe Food Bank
Image caption Last year, more than 1,000 people used the service in south-east Cornwall

Schools have started to refer families they are concerned about to a Cornish food bank, a service manager has said.

David Berry, manager of the food bank in Liskeard and Looe, said teachers had referred some families to the service because hungry children were finding it hard to concentrate.

Teachers have contacted the food bank directly or through support workers.

Food vouchers are then given to the families and specific agencies help them to cope long-term.

Mr Berry said last year the service fed more than 1,000 people in the area covering Liskeard, Looe and as far east as Torpoint.

Families are also referred to the service by Cornwall Council, Citizens Advice Bureau and local doctors.

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