Foodbank usage in Oxfordshire has risen by almost 20 per cent over the last four years, according to a new report.
The research, published on Friday, details the extent to which people have to rely on emergency food parcels.
According to Keith Taylor MEP, foodbank dependency has risen by more than 18 per cent since he published his first report in 2013.
He puts the increase down to low pay and welfare cuts ‘pushing more people into food poverty’.
“My report reveals a shameful side of the British economy that is deliberately hidden from view by the government,” Mr Taylor said.
“As wages continue to stagnate, as Brexit continues to push up the cost of living and as the government forces ahead with its welfare cuts and the disastrous rollout of Universal Credit, there is little hope this situation will improve under the current administration.”
He added: “Across the UK, foodbank use has soared by at least 65 per cent with even nurses being forced to rely on emergency food parcels as the reality of Britain’s record in-work poverty levels hit home.”
The government does not collect data on how many people use food banks.
A foodbank was set up last year at a primary school in Prime Minister Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead.