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.
Chris Mould, the Executive Chairman of the Trussell Trust, talks about how more and more people are having to resort to food banks.
You can find out more about the work of the charity here.
As a new food bank opens in Devon today, our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine interviews Chris Mould, the Executive Chairman of the Trussell Trust about the rise in the numbers of people needing emergency food aid.
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.