MPs have today been debating foodbanks and the growing number of people using them. In the South West, the charity, The Trussell Trust estimates 45,000 people are using them.
ITV News Westcountry's Ian Axton, has been speaking to Adrian Curtis from the charity:-
Foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust says more than 45,000 people in the region used foodbanks in the last six months of this year.
Its figures show that the South West falls just behind the North East but ahead of the rest of the country in the numbers of people that use foodbanks.
The national trend is a 170% increase on last year. The issue is being debated for the first time in the House of Commons today.
Shadow Home Office Minister, Diana Johnson, wants the government to start an inquiry into the issue:-
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.