The number of desperate families turning to foodbanks in the region has rocketed by more than 120 per cent in the last year. Volunteers at Trussell Trust provided 93,461 people in the West Midlands with three days worth of emergency food in 2013/14, compared to 41,396 the previous year.

The charity blames rising living costs, low pay, underemployment and problems with welfare for the “record” numbers living on the breadline, including those featured in the Birmingham documentary Benefits Street.

Chairman Chris Mould has now called on the government to increase the minimum wage and introduce social tariffs for essentials like energy.

He added: “That 93,461 people in West Midlands have received three days food from a foodbank, over double the numbers helped last year, is shocking in 21st century Britain.

“But perhaps most worrying of all this figure is just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty.

“It doesn’t include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no foodbank, people who are too ashamed to seek help or the large number of people who are only just coping by eating less and buying cheap food.”

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