Corby Food Bank faced its busiest week of the year in the run-up to Christmas.
From December 16 to 22, it handed out 71 food parcels to families and individuals facing a bleak holiday without the charity’s help.
There has been an increase in the number of people turning to the food bank, operated by the Trussell Trust, since the middle of last year.
By the end of 2013, it had handed out 1,478 food parcels, feeding a total of 3,403 people.
Food bank director Adam Boud said: “When the food bank was launched about two years ago from a spare bedroom we did not envisage the demand that there would be.
“The people of Corby have been tremendously generous and we have a team of about 60 volunteers working with the food bank.
“We can only hope that as the economy improves and people find jobs the demand will be less.”
Of those helped by the food bank in the week before Christmas 31 per cent were single people.
Mr Boud said: “We are glad to help but sad to be needed.”
To support the food bank call 01536 737578.