A new foodbank in Paignton is appealing for donations, after a previous one in the town shut down due to a lack of funding.Read the full story ›
Another foodbank has opened in Bristol. This one in Lockleaze is the fourth to open in the last year.
Organisers say they had been hoping for the number to decline, but the demand is increasing. Another is due to open next year.
Foodbank users in Gloucester can now get help with their fuel payments.
A trial starts today in a partnership between one of the big four energy companies and two anti-poverty charities, The Trussell Trust and National Energy Action.
Under the scheme, those people with a foodbank voucher could qualify for a £49 credit to top up their gas and electricity meter.
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Newquay Foodbank is working in partnership with Newquay police to encourage people to donate to the foodbank.
Six venues across the town will be accepting donations throughout the day and items such as rice and cous cous are most needed.
Collection bins will be at:
- Sailors Arms - Fore Street
- Walkabout - The Crescent
- Bullpit Smoke House and Bar - Beach Road
- Cribbar - Gover Lane Lane
- Whiskers - Gover Lane
- Towan Blystra (Wetherspoons) Cliff Road
The Foodbank is happy to accept all donations of non perishable, in date, undamaged foods.
This is an excellent example of partnership work between the police, Newquay Foodbank and the participating licensed premises who are all part of Newquay Pubwatch.
I am particularly grateful for the support of these licensed premises.
There's been a big rise in the number of people relying on the Taunton foodbank.
Organisers say their stocks are already low because families have not had access to free school meals during the summer holidays. Some people have even walked the seven miles from Wellington and back because they are so desperate for help.
An all-party parliamentary inquiry into hunger and food poverty in Britain will gather evidence from people and groups in Cornwall today. It will be co-chaired by the Bishop of Truro and will be assessing the need for foodbanks in the region.
45,000 people in our region use foodbanks according to the Trussell Trust charity, which runs food donation programmes across the south west. The situation is being debated in the House of Commons today, 18 December.
A foodbank charity based in Salisbury says it's seen the biggest ever rise in people using its service.
The Trussell Trust says over fifty nine thousand people in the South West have received at least three days emergency food from its foodbanks during the last 12 months, almost twice the number helped in the previous year.
It runs three hundred and forty foodbanks across the country, with nearly all the food donated by the public.
Chris Mould, the Executive Chairman of the Trussell Trust, talks about how more and more people are having to resort to food banks.
You can find out more about the work of the charity here.