The Penzance Food Bank is supported by Churches Together In Penzance Area (CTIPA), and is run by a management group of 5 people. The Penzance Food Bank opened on 6th October 2011 since when we have supplied food to 286 people including children (as at 31st January), so how does it work, and who qualifies for help? Vouchers for food are issued by various agents such as doctors, social workers, schools and clergy who give them to people they know to be in need. Each voucher entitles one person to have 7 days supply of non-perishable food together with some other items when they are available.
Normally the vouchers will only be given to the same person for a period of up to 3 weeks. No one can come to us for food unless they have a voucher. Donations of non-perishable food are made through collecting boxes at local churches and in the collecting baskets in Tesco and The Co-op, Wherrytown. They are then sorted by volunteers at our Centre on the Treneere Estate every Tuesday between 9am and 10am, ready for people who bring their vouchers on Thursdays between 9.30am and noon.
There are collecting boxes for food in Madron Parish Church and in Madron Methodist Church. Financial donations are always welcome as money is needed to purchase any food items we need to make up a balanced diet for the week, as well as meeting running expenses to ensure that our work can continue without letting anyone down.