A Cornish-based community group has given more than half a million meals to vulnerable families during the pandemic season. The group Cultivate Cornwall has offered over 200 tonnes of food to cater to the demand for essential food.
The group now feeds over 1.5% of the Cornish people every week. FareShare South West, which is the largest food redistribution charity in the region, has seen the success of this food distribution.
The development manager at FareShare South West, Shelly Wright, says that they are happy to collaborate with community projects such as Cultivate Cornwall. He claims that Cultivate Cornwall understands the places with vulnerable families in their community. By working with such groups, he is certain that the food will get to the families that need it the most.
Harry Deacon, who is one of the Cultivate Cornwall directors, says that despite the achievements they have made, the demand is still higher than the supply. However, he is satisfied that within just a week, 18 tonnes of ambient and fresh food has been distributed.
According to Cultivate Cornwall, they share food to around 25 community projects who later distribute them to people who need it in their communities. Cultivate Cornwall also provides food parcels to people in Bodmin each week.
Harry adds that recently, there has been an increase in demand for their services both at the community projects and in Bodmin. He claims that in recent weeks, they have been feeding over 1.5% of the population in Cornwall.
The supply of emergency food has risen since November, and Cultivate Cornwall has been receiving a lorry full of essential food items every week. They then sort and split the food between community initiatives where it is distributed to the food banks.
According to Bugle Library of Things CIC, Cultivate Cornwall has worked with them to ensure there is enough food to meet demands. Elise Langley, on the other hand, says that FareShare South West’s support has been amazing.
Cultivate Cornwall warns that things might be tough in the coming days according to the rise in demand and bearing in mind that the government’s support has gone down. More than £20,000 has been spent by the group on fuel alone in last year.