Nearly 1,500 people have had to turn to Thetford’s Foodbank for help in the last year as the recession continues.
The charity, based in Kelvin Place, says it has given hand outs to 999 adults and 459 children since it opened in December 2011.
Twenty tonnes of food have been donated, with the service also being extended to Brandon and Watton.
Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust, said: “That one in five parents in this country are struggling to afford food for their families and thousands more people are turning to foodbanks for help is a stark reminder of how tough things have become for many ordinary people.”
Volunteers from the foodbank will be collecting non-perishable foods at Thetford and Brandon Tescos today and tomorrow.
It is looking for stock items such as tinned vegetables, sugar, pasta sauce, rice pudding and instant mash.