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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.