Charities trying to tackle food poverty in the East Midlands have said some children go hungry during the school holidays because their parents rely on schools to feed them.
The FareShare warehouse in Leicester stores donated food which is redistributed to children's breakfast clubs and luncheon clubs for the elderly.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said: "[We support] more than 900 frontline charities across the country by providing them with good quality, nutritious food. These charities offer not only a meal, but invaluable support to some of the poorest people in our society.
"We fed more people than ever before last year but the demand for our services is rapidly increasing, as more people turn to charities for food than at any other time in FareShare's history."
Tesco's Group Corporate Affairs Director Rebecca Shelley said that research into the number of people who are affected by food poverty in the UK has increased, with "no signs of improving". She said:
It's hitting families hard, especially when resources like free school meals, breakfast clubs and after school clubs are not available.
Because we have stores in so many communities across the UK, we are working with the help of our customers, thousands of our colleagues and volunteers from the Trussell Trust and FareShare to help provide emergency food to people who are struggling.
Around a quarter of people living in the East Midlands have skipped meals and gone without food to feed their family, a report has shown.
Research carried out by foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust, food redistribution charity FareShare and Tesco comes as the three organisations prepare to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.
The National Food Collection will take place on 5 and 6 July.