The Salisbury-based foodbank charity the Trussell Trust is calling on the Prime Minster to take action on food poverty after requests for its help tripled.
The Trussell Trust distributed more than 350,000 three-day food parcels from its branches across the country between April and September 2013. The figure is three times higher than during the same months last year.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the numbers of people turning to foodbanks in the UK as "shocking".
The Chancellor is talking up a recovery - but for who? These new figures show that, despite trying desperately hard to make ends meet, hundreds of thousands of people still can't afford to put food on the table for their families.
Welfare reforms like the Bedroom Tax have pushed more households into food poverty.
Mothers going hungry so their children can eat, fathers considering stealing to feed their families - not the third world but the South today. The number of people turning to foodbanks for handouts has more than doubled in the past year, according to the charity that runs them.