MP MICHAEL Dugher visited the Gateway Church-based food back in Barnsley to see all the great work that volunteers are doing.

With the economy flatlining and living standards being squeezed, more and more people are using food banks just to get by.

Last year, almost 350,000 turned up to food banks for help - almost triple the number who received food aid in the previous year and 100,000 more than anticipated.

Gateway Church's food bank has been open for 11 weeks and has fed 365 people in crisis for three days.

Commenting after the visit, Michael said: "Many are seeing the rising cost of living, changes to benefits, unemployment and underemployment squeeze their household budgets so much that they are unable to afford to meet their basic needs.

"The number of people that Gateway Church has helped in such a short time is concerning. Without the excellent work of the volunteers and the kindness of the Barnsley community who donate to the food bank, these people would have had nowhere else to turn.

"The number of those turning to food banks has increased by a shocking 747 per cent since the last full year of the previous Labour government. David Cameron and George Osborne have to take notice of the damage their policies are having and change course to provide jobs and growth for Barnsley."

For more information on the food bank's services, click here.