Food help for vulnerable

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Truro School has donated use of its catering facilities and cookery staff to help The Hive Cornwall batch produce nutritious food for people suffering from food insecurity.

Using surplus food products donated by national suppliers, the team have been busily preparing and cooking a range of meals for children who normally qualify for free school meals, and whose schools are now closed, and elderly people.

The Hive Cornwall is a Cornish charity engaged with processing and extending the longevity of surplus food in order to reduce greenhouse gases, feed those with food insecurity and provide employment opportunities for the disadvantaged.

As a result of the emergency situation arising from Covid-19, The Hive received an informal request from the Cornwall Council Emergency Planning committee asking them to explore the urgent restarting of food production. Following this request, The Hive, having outgrown the kitchens at RNAS Culdrose, put out an appeal for the use of an industrial kitchen and Truro School stepped in to help.

Assistant head of cookery at Truro School, Alistair Turner, said: “It is a privilege to be working alongside The Hive to produce food for those who would otherwise struggle during this period. The catering facilities at Truro School are perfect for this project and with the school moving to remote teaching during this period they are facilities that would otherwise be sitting empty.”