More than 100,000 people in the region have had to resort to food banks in the past year.
The Trussell Trust says numbers of those in need have risen a fifth in the past year demonstrating that, despite economic recovery, a growing number of people are in crisis. 106,292 people received three days' emergency food from the charity in the last year - the equivalent to double the population of Weymouth. Of those, over a third were children.
Food banks across the South West are asking for more help as they face unprecendented levels of demand.
They say changes in tax and benefits mean more people are struggling.
The start of the school holidays can mean food running perilously short, as John Andrews discovered in Plymouth:
A food bank set up to help some of the most vulnerable people in the region is making an urgent appeal for supplies. The summer season is usually a time of full employment in Cornwall, but as John Andrews reports, the Looe and Liskeard food bank needs to help a thousand families this year.