A food bank in Kendal say they've experienced a 40% increase in the number of referrals given to people to visit their facility, since the beginning of the year.
King's Food Bank say a number of the people they see say they are no longer able to afford to buy food for themselves because of a change in their benefits, which may lead to a 6-week gap when they do not receive any monetary support.
The Department of Work and Pensions says they can offer interim support on a case by case basis.
Other issues such as debt, addiction, statutory sick pay, relationships, social services and health problems have also been linked to the increase in food bank users.
More people get referred to food banks by agencies such as Citizens Advice.
Volunteers at King's Food Bank say they are happy to help, but are concerned that the increase is reflecting an ongoing issue in society.
A number of agencies offer referrals to food banks around the region including: