A Newquay charity is gearing up to expand its work helping people struggling amid rising living costs after being awarded a substantial grant.

Newquay Foodbank has purchased a dedicated delivery van to cope with increased demand after receiving the money from the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, funded by the UK government and delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund.

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. The van was purchased from Hawkins at St Stephen, who gave a charitable discount.

The grant will also be used to enhance the Newquay Foodbank space, including the completion of shelving, and the purchase of office and kitchen equipment. 

The funding will additionally support “immediate needs” and 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.

Becky Warburton from Newquay Foodbank said: “The dedicated delivery van will make operations more efficient and cost-effective. 

“The completion of shelving, and the acquisition of office and kitchen equipment will contribute to creating a better environment for both foodbank users and volunteers.”

Newquay Foodbank is actively recruiting passionate individuals to join its dedicated team. Various roles, including events and fundraising, trustee positions, stock and logistics, volunteer management, and many other roles, are currently open for applications. 

More information can be found at www.newquay.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/volunteer-with-us