Number of UK food banks double in 12 months
21 December 2012 Last updated at 21:36 GMT
The number of food banks around Britain has almost doubled in the last year.
The Trussell Trust, a leading provider of food handouts, says it now has hundreds of them.
A supermarket chain has also joined forces with a consumer campaigner to give 1000 families a free Christmas dinner.
The BBC's Jeremy Cooke reports.