Live updates

Growing demand for foodbank in Taunton

Stocks are running low at Taunton Foodbank Credit: ITV Westcountry

There's been a big rise in the number of people relying on the Taunton foodbank.

Organisers say their stocks are already low because families have not had access to free school meals during the summer holidays. Some people have even walked the seven miles from Wellington and back because they are so desperate for help.


People in the South West use foodbanks the most

45,000 people in our region use foodbanks according to the Trussell Trust charity, which runs food donation programmes across the south west. The situation is being debated in the House of Commons today, 18 December.

Thousands of people in the South West are having to resort to foodbanks to feed their families Credit: ITV News West Country

More people in South West using foodbanks

The Trussell Trust says nearly 60,000 people have claimed emergency food from them in the last year. Credit: ITV News West Country

A foodbank charity says it's seen the biggest rise in people using the service since it was set up in 2000.

Nearly 60,000 people in the South West have claimed at least three days' emergency food from the Trussell Trust during the last twelve months.