Fareshare, a charity which redirects spare food from British food companies to people in need, explains that donations were up from 29,000 a day to 35,000 people a day which shows a sharp rise in demand on charities for consumable goods.
The charity saw the largest yearly increase in the number of charities appealing for handouts.
The organisation said that one in three charities it surveyed is facing government funding cuts and at the same time, families with low-income were struggling with rising food prices.
Fareshare has 17 locations across the UK and transports good quality supplies from the food trade to an extensive network of charities and organisations such as women’s refuges, day centres, homeless hostels and after-school clubs.
The organisation said that this year it was facing extraordinary demand from some 700 groups and in the year to April it provided 8.6 million meals to 600 organisations.
Fareshare works with over 100 companies in the food and beverage industry, explained that 42% of the charities it surveyed described a rise in demand for food in the past year.
The survey found that some 65% of the charities that Fareshare supplies were slashing food budgets to help stay afloat.
According to Fareshare, there has been an “increase in people and the types of people” who was seeking food from the charities.
Poorer families are now seeking food donations, where in the past it was commonly homeless people that donations were sent to.
Lindsay Boswell, Fareshare chief executive, said “At a time of unprecedented demand we want the food industry and the general public to increase their support.”
Lindsay added, “This research supports the growing anecdotal evidence we’ve seen in recent months – more people are getting in touch with Fareshare asking for help to access food.
“We’re committed to working with grassroots charities to make a significant difference to the diets of people in communities all over the UK but we need more food to meet this increased demand”.
People in the food industry who have overheads like staff wages, UK restaurant insurance and supplies are encouraged to look at what is happening to their surplus food and think about whether it could stop someone going hungry.