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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.

Food for Change

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 a brief report highlighting 'The Impact of Faith Organisations in Supporting People Experiencing Food Poverty':

Download report: The Impact of Faith Organisations in Supporting People Experiencing Food Poverty

Download the Feeding Britain report:

Read more from Truro Diocese about 'What Part Does Faith Play in Food Poverty':

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 Cornish faith community in responding to people experiencing food poverty such as:

  • 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 binned.
  • Truro Diocese holiday hunger project: Come Rain or Shine 2020. Building on their successful Rain or Shine initiative started last year, Truro Diocese are extending the scheme to offer children and families a meal as well as craft and physical activities over the Summer of 2020 to help alleviate “Holiday Hunger” and food poverty in Cornwall in the holidays. Find out more by contacting:

Highlight local and national food poverty work, such as:

  • St Austell foodbank: St Austell foodbank is run in partnership with local churches, facilitated by Light and Life Free Methodist Church.
  • 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 Trussell Trust: Our aim is to end hunger and poverty in the UK. 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.
  • Ingredients for Action: understanding and responding to food poverty
    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.

Contact us for more details:

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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."

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