Pasty makers tackling food poverty


The Cornish Pasty community has raised £14.5k for local food redistribution charity, Devon & Cornwall Food Action.

During Cornish Pasty Week 2023, makers and sellers of genuine Cornish Pasties were invited to pledge either a specific amount of money from every Cornish Pasty sold, or a lump sum of their choice, to the Cornish Pasty Community Fund.

The fund is a new initiative of the Cornish Pasty Association, created to signal the return of Cornish Pasty Week after a two-year break. The money raised through the fund has allowed Devon & Cornwall Food Action to purchase an additional van that will specifically service Cornwall and help more families in need.

The charity receives up to 15 tons of donated products a week, including fresh, frozen and packaged food along with household products. The charity’s core objective is to redistribute food that would otherwise have gone to waste by making it affordable for those experiencing food poverty in Cornwall and Devon.

Cornish Pasty Association chairman, Jason Jobling, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support this initiative received from the Cornish Pasty community in its first year. For hundreds of years the Cornish Pasty has been an inherent part of our culture here in Cornwall.

“It seemed appropriate, with so many people facing enormous challenges right now, that we should get together to help provide meals for families in need.”