Foodbank demand has rocketed by 3,772% under a decade of Tory rule, the Mirror can reveal.
Bombshell figures show a surge in need from hungry families after nine years of gruelling austerity.
Britain’s biggest foodbank network had 57 outlets open in the final year of the Labour government in 2009/10.
They provided 40,898 aid packages – the equivalent of 368,082 meals. Of those parcels, 13,959 went to children.
By the end of March the network had 425 foodbanks – a 646% increase.
Their volunteers gave away 1,583,668 packages – 14,253,012 meals – in 2018/19. Some 577,618 parcels went to children.