09 Feb Malpas Community Larder
Dad of six Daniel Hammond is one of the many people in Cornwall who are struggling to make ends meet during the Covid 19 pandemic. This week he was one of up to 100 people who visited the CHAOS run community larder at the Malpas Road Community Centre to collect food to help feed his family.
Opened on 14 January, the Malpas community larder has already helped more than 300 people in need – much to the delight of CHAOS Managing Director Babs Rounsevell and Damien Richards, Community Development Officer for Truro City Council which has recently agreed to grant CHAOS a 3 year lease of the building..
Community larders provide a selection of food where people in need can help themselves free of charge. This ranges from fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and eggs, to pasta, rice, soup and cereals and tinned foods of all kinds.
The community larder scheme at Malpas is open between 2pm and 4pm every Tuesday and Friday and welcomes anyone who is in need. CHAOS food co-ordinator Danielle Retallick, who manages the scheme, says they have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the project. “Although the larder is based in Malpas, we have had people coming from as far afield as Penryn and Falmouth.
“We know that many people who have been furloughed or have lost their jobs are struggling to pay their bills. For some parents this has meant going without meals themselves so they can feed their children.
It is great to see people leaving with a bag of free food – and a smile on their faces”.
One of the people who has benefited from the scheme is Malpas resident Daniel Hammond. With six children and other vulnerable family members living close by, he says the last few months have been a real struggle.
“The community larder has provided us with a real lifeline “ he said. “Being able to come here and choose from an amazing range of fresh as well as dried foodstuffs – all free of charge – has made a huge difference to our lives.
“I cannot thank CHAOS enough for what they are doing”.
Community Development Officer Damien Richards has been helping out with the Malpas community larder. Working with nine housing estates across Truro he is very aware of the pressures on many local communities.
“I have been incredibly impressed by the work CHAOS is doing to support people in need” he said. “The community larder has already helped hundreds of local families and I know that CHAOS is looking to build on this and reach out to the whole community”.
The opening of the community larder in Malpas follows the success of the Feed Cornwall campaign, which saw hundreds of local families provided with food boxes during the Christmas period. With support from FareShare SW, CHAOS are now distributing two tonnes of food each week as well surplus food from supermarkets via food boxes and a range of local projects.
“ CHAOS give people access to fresh produce, some of which would otherwise have gone to waste” said CHAOS Managing Director Babs Rounsevell. “We are delighted with the success of the community larder in Malpas and are very grateful to Truro City Council and other partners who helped to get this vital project off the ground”.
Since the New Year the CHAOS team have continued to help people in need in Cornwall by providing emergency and stable food to people and families in need of a helping and by referring them on to their Positive People team who are employment coaches.
CHAOS and Positive People Cornwall are also taking part in the “Shell Out to Help Out” scheme launched by St Ewe Free Range Eggs. Designed to bring fresh free range eggs to local communities, the farm is donating one carton of eggs to local charities for each tray sold.
During the first two weeks of the scheme more than 20,000 donated eggs have been redistributed across Cornwall. “This is an amazing community response which has been wonderful to see and be part of” said Babs.
“We are incredibly grateful to St Ewe eggs for their generosity which is helping thousands of people at a time when so many are struggling. “
Anyone wanting a food box or support with food related issue please contact the team via their Café CHAOs Facebook page or email@example.com