The Bishop of Jarrow has suggested that 2013 may well be remembered as the year of the food bank.
In his festive message, the Right Reverend Mark Bryant said as many people struggle to make ends meet, "it seems impossible to separate Christmas and food banks."
New figures released by a charity show there has been a sixfold increase in just one year.
Julia Barthram has spent the day at a food bank in Gateshead.
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