How foodbanks work

Providing emergency food to people in crisis.


Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping to restore dignity and revive hope for local people in crisis need.


Food is donated

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a foodbank. Large collections often take place as part of Harvest Festival celebrations and food is also collected at our supermarket collection points.

Volunteers then sort this to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Over 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks across the UK.


People are referred for help

Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals and community organisations, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, schools and churches to identify people in crisis need and issue them with a foodbank referral.

If you are in crisis and need help with food, contact us now for help with obtaining a referral. We can also help with furniture, household basics, toiletries, pet food, cleaning materials, debt counselling and more. Don’t struggle alone – get in touch! 

If you are a professional working with people who live in Bodmin, Camelford, Padstow, Wadebridge and the surrounding rural areas and would like to have access to our online Foodbank e-referral system, please contact us either via email [email protected] or calling us on 01208 815374.


People receive food

People come to our foodbanks in Bodmin, Camelford, Padstow and Wadebridge where their referral is exchanged for three days’ worth of emergency food. Our volunteers also offer a warm drink and a listening ear, and are able to signpost people to support services for help with longer-term problems, such as debt counselling, money management, crisis grants, furniture or benefits help.

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