Food Banks in Newquay and Cornwall

Newquay Soup Kitchen and Food Banks

If you’re looking for foodbanks in Newquay, or further afield in Cornwall, below is a list of the ones that are operating. By the very nature of the service they provide, foodbanks can start up and discontinue with short notice, but I hope you find what you’re looking for!

The main foodbank in Newquay is currently provided by St Michael’s Church, with outlets in three locations:

  • St Michael’s Church, Newquay, near the Tourist Information Office
  • St Columb Minor Church, 2 miles out of the town centre
  • St Columb Major, a few miles inland.

To get access to a food bank you usually need a referral, which can be obtained through social services, or your GP. You can’t just turn up at a food bank and expect to get food – but certainly turn up to get help/advice and see what they can offer you in terms of putting you in touch with the right people who can issue you with a voucher for 3 days’ food asap.

Food banks will usually give you basic supplies for 3 days and there is a limit to the number of times you can go to one, usually a limit of three times.

Food banks are staffed by volunteers and, most often, rely on donations from the public. For this reason they are not open full-time, just certain hours and days of the week. If you can volunteer at a food bank, or help with food collections, get in touch with one in your area:

Food Banks in Newquay

There’s no full-time food bank in Newquay, but St Michael’s Church operate across three centres, opening on different days of the week.

This is the main Newquay food bank and now has its own foodbank website:  Newquay Foodbank

This food bank is run in association with The Trussel Trust, who have a foodbank map on their website: http://www.trusselltrust.org, although the St Columb Minor Food Bank isn’t showing up on the map as it is not part of the Trussell Trust group, it’s independent …..

Newquay Foodbank is open 52 weeks a year at the following addresses:

  • Tuesday 10-noon St Columb Minor Church
  • Friday 10-Noon St Michaels Church, Newquay
  • Saturday 10-noon The Oasis Centre, St Columb Major

The foodbank out of hours telephone number, at the time of writing, is: 01637 873087.

Newquay Christian Centre

The Newquay Christian Centre also run a Newquay Food Bank, but on an ad hoc basis. This is at Seymour Ave Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1BL, opposite the Newquay Tourist Office/Library.

Support in Cornwall list two foodbank distribution locations in Newquay:

  • Wednesday:  Newquay Christian Centre, Seymour Avenue Newquay  2pm-4pm
  • Friday:  Newquay Methodist Church Hall, Beachfield Avenue  10am – Noon

WebsiteSupport In Cornwall

Also check out the Beacon of Light Centre.  This was previously known as the URC Soup Kitchen and is at 1 The Crescent, Newquay, TR7 1DT. Telephone 01637 876457. Open five lunchtimes a week, depending on volunteers, they offer a variety of services that include homeless issues, clothing and sometimes food.  Try noon to 2pm.

St Michaels Church run a Sunday lunchtime kitchen called Little Sparrows South West at St Michaels Road, Newquay.  There is also a Tuesday evening kitchen.  St Michaels Church offer hot drinks and sandwiches or a hot meal, depending on the day/time.

  • Sundays: 12.45pm to 2pm for hot drinks and sandwiches
  • Tuesdays: 5.45pm to 7pm for hot meals.

Contact St Michaels & Little Sparrows Newquay: Elaine Poole poole_e@sky.com

Foodbanks in Cornwall

Rather than provide a list of food banks in Cornwall here, which might be out of date very quickly and mislead people in need, below are the organisations that are organising the food banks and their lists of them. Food banks are run by a few organisations; each organisation runs several, so this list is more useful to potential clients than me making a list:

Food Bank Organisations in Cornwall

* might not be operating any more (2016)

Affordable Food Newquay:

In 2016 an Affordable Food shop was set up in Newquay – based at 5A Wesley Yard, Cornwall TR7 1LB, this cheap food shop can be found next door to the Paint Spot, that’s on the corner of Manor Road and Wesley Yard.  Within 50 yards of the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay and Newquay main bus station.

Last checked: November 2016

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