Waveney Foodbank provided 32,000 meals for struggling families last year, new figures reveal.
Nearly half the meals - 15,000 - went to children and the total was a 2,020 increase on the year before.
The foodbank report shows it helped 2,200 people in an area covering Diss, Long Stratton, Harleston, Bungay, Strabroke and Eye, and a further 475 in 110 families with fresh food Christmas hampers.
The top three reasons for people needing support were low income (38 per cent), benefit delay (11 per cent) and benefit change (10 per cent). “Over the last year local people have donated 27 tonnes of food and over 150 volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling us to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis,” said the report.
As well as food, families were also provided with essentials like washing powder and nappies and schools were helped with cereals for their breakfast clubs.