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Food Poverty

Food poverty is a day-to-day reality for more and more people in the UK, with one in four parents skipping meals in order to make ends meet, and the problems are often worse during the school holidays.

Transformation Cornwall works to:

- Strengthen the network of Cornish food poverty initiatives so that they may continue to provide services that meet their community’s needs.

- Champion the work of the faith community in Cornwall and beyond in responding to people experiencing food poverty.

- Since March 2020, our Covid response has been to support the phenomenal 18 Cornish Foodbanks.

- Created a list of the 18 Cornish Foodbanks with contact details, opening times, ways to refer, ways to donate etc.

On the first Friday of each month, we update our two grant lists.

  1. Our first grant list details possible funders for Cornish groups.
  2. Our second list details hardship grants for individuals in need.

Local and national food poverty work:

  • Café Abundance. A social enterprise series of Pop-Up 'Pay As You Feel' cafe's serving healthy, delicious food made from intercepted food that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Feeding Britain: Our vision is a UK where no one goes hungry. We want to demonstrate how hunger and its underlying causes can be addressed, and use this learning to advocate for system level change to eliminate hunger in the UK.
  • The Independent Food Aid Network: (IFAN) The UK network for independent food aid providers. Our vision is of a country which doesn’t need emergency food aid and in which good food is accessible to all.
    • Read IFANS letter asking the Prime Minister (July 20) to 'take immediate and urgent action to reduce the rapidly growing number of people needing our support because they are unable to afford to buy food'.
  • The Trussell Trust: The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.Our aim is to end hunger and poverty in the UK.
  • Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming.
  • End Hunger Cornwall: work with the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum and End Hunger UK to promote awareness and provide positive input in helping to end the very real problem of food poverty within Cornwall. Read more about their recent report on awareness generated by Challenge Poverty Week (October '21).
  • Citizens' Supermarkets: Citizens’ Supermarkets are community led shops where people can purchase good quality nutritious food at low cost, and access support to transition from a food crisis to long term food security. Feeding Britain is currently working to establish Citizens’ Supermarkets in Birkenhead, Coventry, and Cheshire West and Chester. Based on these pilots, we will then roll the initiative out across our national network.


  • Hungry for Change: Fixing the failures in food (July 20). The House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment . A culmination report on the House of Lords inquiry into the links between inequality, public health and food sustainability, painting a stark picture of just how hard it is for many families across the UK to live healthy lives.
  • State of Hunger: A study of poverty and food insecurity in the UK (2019). Report on hunger and food poverty by The Trussell Trust.
  • Ingredients for Action: understanding and responding to food poverty (2017). This report by Church Urban Fund explores how the principles of being relational, encouraging participation, and seeking justice can help shape and inform responses to food poverty both at a local and national level.
  • Feeding Britain (2014). The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Transformation Cornwalls history: In 2014 Transformation Cornwalls then Chair, The Right Revd Tim Thornton (the then Bishop of Truro) was one of the key founders in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty. In April 2014 they produced the ‘Feeding Britain’ report.

This work led to Transformation Cornwall partnering in the Food for Change programme (2017-2019) led by Cornwall Food Foundation. From August 2017 we employed a Community Support Worker, Nicky Abrahams to work across two of the four localities (Truro and St Austell). From this work, Transformation Cornwall produced our brief report highlighting 'The Impact of Faith Organisations in Supporting People Experiencing Food Poverty'.

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"I can honestly say that yes, I think I have changed. I feel more stronger in myself, I feel more determined to succeed, feel more positive with the help/ support I have had throughout the year."

Food For Change participant