Foodbank users in Gloucester can now get help with their fuel payments.
A trial starts today in a partnership between one of the big four energy companies and two anti-poverty charities, The Trussell Trust and National Energy Action.
Under the scheme, those people with a foodbank voucher could qualify for a £49 credit to top up their gas and electricity meter.
A foodbank charity based in Salisbury says it's seen the biggest ever rise in people using its service.
The Trussell Trust says over fifty nine thousand people in the South West have received at least three days emergency food from its foodbanks during the last 12 months, almost twice the number helped in the previous year.
It runs three hundred and forty foodbanks across the country, with nearly all the food donated by the public.
An organisation which helps provide emergency food supplies for people who've hit hard times says it is busier than ever.
The Stroud Food Bank opened last December but says it now needs bigger premises and more food donations to keep up with demand.
The centre says up to 40% of those it is feeding are children.
Ken Goodwin reports: