The Eastern England Food Reserve provided 102,000 meals to children last year – once every five minutes.
This is according to a recent report by the Trussell Trust, which revealed that food parcels across the region have provided 245,000 emergency food parcels to people experiencing problems between April 2020 and March 2021.
These figures show an increase of 29% last year, when 190,000 Easter was given.
The service calls on UK governments to address the need for “one-time” restaurants in need of help from vulnerable families.
In Watford, the charity provided 10,779 emergency food parcels between April 2020 and March 2021.
Of these, 4,143 go to children – about 80 each week.
The total number, which includes packages containing shopping items for three or seven days, was a 44% increase over the total number recorded last year.
But humanitarian sources have warned that the aforementioned scandals are not likely to reveal much of what is needed across the country, with unprecedented people being helped by other organizations that started during the epidemic.
“No one should face the wrath of emergency food,” says Emma Revie, chief executive of Trussell Trust.
“However, our food security teams have donated so many packages that so many people are fighting without enough money.
“This is not good but we know we can create a better future.”
The commission is urging voters to register their constituents on May 6, asking them to commit themselves to addressing the needs of the food banks once elected.
It also calls on all UK government agencies to come up with a solution to the need.
Across the UK, the 2.5 million packages issued in 2020-21 represent an increase of 33% last year.
Of these, about 980,000 (39%) went to children.
Sabine Goodwin, co-founder of the Independent Food Aid Network, said independent banks in the UK are also experiencing “continuous” assistance.
“Now more than ever, our social security system needs to be re-established, local government support mechanisms related to the financial crisis have been prioritized and appropriate remuneration and protected services will be provided,” he added.
“It is the government’s responsibility to prevent famine in the first place so that everyone can buy food and other necessities.”
A spokesman for the government said: “We are committed to helping low-income families and we have encouraged the poorest people to raise money, spend hundreds of billions on job security, raise billions of dollars, and raise £ 269m Covid Local Support Grant to help children and families to eat enough.
“We know that getting a well-paying job is the best way to tackle poverty, and our multi-billion dollar program is helping people around the world to get back to work because the barriers are down.”