Newquay Foodbank receives National Lottery Grant to tackle increased demand amid rising living costs

11 April 2024


Newquay Foodbank is thrilled to announce the receipt of a grant from the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, funded by the UK government and delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund. This financial support aims to address the surge in demand for food bank services and enhance outreach efforts to underserved communities.  

The project, aptly named ‘A Plan to Meet Increased Demand for Foodbank Services,’ was awarded the grant on 21st December 2023, with the funds officially disbursed on 7th February 2024. 

Key components of the grant include: 

  • Funding for the expansion and delivery of new services, including for a much-needed delivery van, equipment, and for volunteer training. 
  • Funding to cover increased food and overhead costs under the current cost-of-living crisis. 

Newquay Foodbank has been operating under challenging circumstances, with volunteers using their personal vehicles for deliveries. The grant has enabled the organisation to acquire a dedicated delivery van, making operations more efficient and cost-effective. The van was purchased from Hawkins at St Stephen, who also kindly gave a charitable discount. 

Furthermore, the grant will be used to enhance the Newquay Foodbank space, including the completion of shelving, and the acquisition of office and kitchen equipment. This will contribute to creating a better environment for both foodbank users and volunteers. The organisation collaborates with two other food insecurity-based charities in Newquay and aims to expand its delivery service to reach those in rural settings or with specific access needs. 

In addition to addressing immediate needs, the funding will also support the training of volunteers, allowing them to provide essential advice to beneficiaries. New volunteers will also take on the role of “befrienders,” offering onward referrals and assistance to individuals and families. 

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