A record number of food bank parcels were given to hungry people across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the last year.
156 081 emergency three day food parcels were handed out in the East of England by the Trussell Trust according to new figures released today by the charity.
East of England MEP Alex Mayer recently raised the issue of food poverty in the European Parliament highlighting how Britain has the worst record for child hunger in all of Europe.
Commenting on the latest figures Ms Mayer said: “How depressing that it’s another record breaking year for food banks. No one can doubt the generosity of local people but this is no way for a country to run.
“I don’t want to see any more dramatic rises in food bank use, I want to see dramatic changes to the economy, an end to poverty wages and changes to the welfare system.
“No one should be forced to turn to food banks to survive. In one of the richest countries in the world people should have the dignity of financial security.”