Girl, six, asks Prime Minister to take action over foodbanks

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A member of the Celtic League has written to the Prime Minister on behalf of his six-year-old daughter for the second time in two years.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot first’s letter to David Cameron in 2011 asking him to “do something about people in our community who could not afford to eat and were forced to use a food bank,” failed to provoke a response.

As more and more people are relying on foodbanks to feed their families, Olwen Champliaud Tal-e-bot, from Camborne, asked her father to write again to Mr Cameron.

He told the Prime Minister: “The food poverty issue has stubbornly remained within our community and has actually grown worse. Now, whenever I go out with my daughter in the community, we are regularly confronted with food bank collection points in places as diverse as Barclays Bank and the local college.

“Initially, two years ago, my daughter wanted to donate food at each collection point we came across, but now seems to have become a little desensitised to the issue, because I suppose the need is now so prevalent and evident in our everyday lives and even includes some people who we know having to use the local food bank. It seems that the reliance on the food bank in our community is becoming a part of our community’s everyday life.

“My daughter is half French and she told her maternal grandmother today on the phone about all the people in Cornwall who are hungry. She made her grandmother promise to bring some food for them when she visits for Christmas, because ‘nobody wants to help them.’”

After hearing this conversation, I told my daughter that I wanted to write to the Prime Minister again, in addition to our MP, to update them about the situation in Camborne and to tell them about her worries.

“I asked my daughter what she thought I should put in the letter and she told me that I should ask him (PM Cameron) to ‘can you give some food to the food bank this Christmas please?’”

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