At least 60,000 adults will rely of foodbanks to feed their families this Christmas, according to the Trussell Trust.
Chief executive Chris Mould dubbed fresh data exposing the UK's growing food poverty problem as a "deeply distressing reality".
The deeply distressing reality for Britain this Christmas is that thousands of families will struggle to put food on the table.
Some 60,000 people are likely to receive emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the two weeks over Christmas alone, including 20,000 children.
We're already meeting parents who are choosing between eating and heating, and rising fuel prices mean that this winter is looking bleak for people on the breadline.
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