There has been a pronounced rise in the number of people using foodbanks over the years since the financial crisis, with many households struggling to feed themselves for a variety of reasons.
Now the Archbishop of Canterbury is spearheading an effort to tackle the number of people going hungry in the UK.
According to one Conservative peer part of the problem is that "poor people don't know how to cook" and are therefore not making the savings they could be on their food budget.
But Labour say the main cause of problems leading people to food banks are problems in the benefits system.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports.
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