A charity claims that the use of foodbanks in the North East remains at record levels.
The Trussell Trust, which runs the biggest network in the country, says it has given out more emergency supplies in the first six months of this financial year compared with last.
Other foodbanks agree but the government insists the claims are misleading, as Claire Montgomery reports:
A new community bank in Hexham will be launched today by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.
The Tynedale Community Bank will be formally opened with a presentation at Hexham Abbey.
It will offer both savings and loans to people in the local area.
It's designed to provide an alternative to payday lenders and will focus on the needs of local businesses and families.
This is the 2nd bank of its type in the North East and is inspired by the Church of England's call for a return to community-based backing.
A service that helps some of Newcastle's most vulnerable people has opened over the Christmas holidays for a second time because of an increase in demand.
The Newcastle Welfare Rights Service helps those struggling with benefits sanctions, evictions and other emergencies. For the first time it's also handing out food parcels on behalf of Newcastle West End Food Bank - which is closed until January the 5th.
A new food scheme has been set up in Northumberland to help elderly people returning home from hospital.
Many people living on their own worry about having food in the house when they're discharged and there are fears are this can affect their recovery.
A foodbank in Newcastle has been forced to bring in extra supplies from across the country after it ran out of provisions due to soaring demand.
Food and drink were sent to the Newcastle West End Foodbank from a service in Lincolnshire.
Jonny Blair has been speaking to Michael Nixon from Newcastle West End Foodbank and Kevin who uses the foodbank.
A foodbank in Newcastle has been forced to bring in extra supplies from across the country because demand in the city has soared.
Food and drink has been sent from a sister organisation in Lincolnshire because the Newcastle West End Foodbank has been running out of supplies.
Volunteers say the number of people using the service has rocketed from 30 people a week to 1000.
Michael Nixon from Newcastle West End Foodbank says he thinks demand will continue to increase.
A food bank service based in the west end of Newcastle says it's seen an 'astronomical rise' in the number of people using the service. Supplies have even been sent from a charity in Lincolnshire to meet demand.
The Bishop of Jarrow has suggested that 2013 may well be remembered as the year of the food bank.
In his festive message, the Right Reverend Mark Bryant said as many people struggle to make ends meet, "it seems impossible to separate Christmas and food banks."
New figures released by a charity show there has been a sixfold increase in just one year.
Julia Barthram has spent the day at a food bank in Gateshead.
A big contributing factor in so many people using food banks is rising troubles with debt. And Christmas can be a big contributing factor to money worries.
The Citizens Advice Bureau has come up with a festive way how to deal with the problems we may encounter.
They're calling it 12 small changes for a festive Christmas.
The advice is on their website and covers issues such debt, budgeting, clever shopping, consumer problems and foodbanks.
The CAB also offers other trusted sources of advice if needed as Shona Alexander explains.
The number of people using foodbanks in the North East has increased massively compared with last year, new figures say.
The Trussell Trust say that, since April 2013, 29,447 people have used the services in the North East - over nine foodbanks.
Just under 4,000 used the services for the same time period last year.