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Gloucester foodbank users can now get help with fuel payments

Anti-poverty charities are teaming up with one of the big four energy companies to help users. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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.

Foodbank Friday in Newquay

Foodbank Friday in Newquay Credit: PA: Danny Lawson

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.

– Insp Dave Meredith, Newquay Police

Growing demand for foodbank in Taunton

Stocks are running low at Taunton Foodbank Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

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Foodbank charity in Salisbury sees biggest ever rise in food recipients

People are using the foodbank more than ever before Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

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