Cornwall food banks secure FareShare deal

Food bank parcel
Image caption Don Gardner said the deal would provide food banks with a constant supply of food

A charity will start to send surplus food to Cornwall for people who use food banks after a deal was secured.

FareShare supplies about three million tonnes of food across the UK each year.

A deal between the charity and Cornwall's independent food banks means some of it will be sent to a warehouse in Pool for people in Cornwall.

Don Gardner, from Camborne, Pool and Redruth food bank, said: "This deal will keep a constant supply coming into us."

He said: "We get most of our food from the public, but they're struggling themselves."

Mr Gardner said the bank was issuing more than 1,000 meals a week, compared to 200 in January 2012.

FareShare, which collects "fit for purpose" food from supermarkets and manufacturers, was established in 1994 and aims to help vulnerable people in food poverty.

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