With people still struggling to afford basic food, a new food bank is to be launched today which will serve people in Gedling.
A food bank in Lincolnshire says the number of people coming through it's doors has shot up dramatically over the last 12 months.
A charity that provides free food parcels to people on very low incomes or benefits, says it struggling to keep up with the demand.
More and more people are being forced to queue up for emergency food handouts according to a charity that runs most of the food banks in the country.
The Trussell Trust says the number of people using its services almost doubled last year, and it believes that here in the Midlands, thousands are being affected by the recession and welfare reforms.
Chris Mould, director of the Trussell Trust has said food banks are help for those who have no other option.
There has been a big jump in the number of people relying on emergency supplies from Trussell Trust foodbanks, with a fivefold increase since the coalition Government came to power.
The Trussell Trust charity says in the last financial year 346,992 people received three days' worth of emergency food. That compares to 61,468 in 2010/11.
Bull Ring open market is joining forces with three food banks to help put Christmas meals on the table for struggling Birmingham families.
Shoppers buying their fresh fruit and vegetables for the festive season will be encouraged to generously donate a few items of food at a special foodbank collection point down at the outdoor Bull Ring open markets.
The special joint Christmas food collection will see the open markets working in partnership with three Birmingham Trussell Trust foodbanks including: Aston and Nechells, Birmingham Central and Sparkhill Foodbank to help families in need in our local communities this Christmas.
A new food bank in the Midlands has opened in Nottinghamshire.
The centre at a church in Gedling will give away food to families referred by local authorities or health services.
They have already collected three tonnes of food.
The number of people being referred to a Lincolnshire food bank has risen by around 30% since April.
Phil Brewster reports.