Department for Work and Pensions admit it does not collect data on the numbers of foodbank users.
Demand for emergency food parcels is expected to spike over the festive period and continue into the New Year and beyond.
Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season.
Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.
Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use his Autumn Budget "to reverse seven years of Tory austerity".
Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winter.
Committee Chair Frank Field MP highlights 'damning' new evidence showing DWP 'maladministration' is driving Universal Credit claimants to food banks.
SNP say Tory MP Douglas Ross let down his constituents and should donate his nights earnings from refereeing to his local food bank.
Tory grassroots leadership favourite says rise is due to previous Labour government not telling people charities existed.
Flaws in the welfare system are leaving children and their families hungry and at risk of starvation, a Cornish foodbank has warned.
Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank network, says supplies dwindling this summer as welfare sanctions bite.
A pilot scheme giving away sanitary products through food banks aims to help low-income women and break down taboos.
Under-fours made up 27% of the children receiving emergency food supplies last July and August, Trussell Trust research shows.
Oxford University research finds that poverty and hunger are all too real for a growing number of British people.
Theresa May urged to give public service employees and 'long overdue' pay rise, as survey shows many are struggling to make ends meet.
Tory candidate Sheryll Murray sparked outrage after declaring she was "pleased we have food banks", at a hustings event.
A mapping project by the Independent Food Aid Network found at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels to those in need, with demand continuing to grow.
Shocking figure includes almost 50,000 children, as years of Tory austerity leaves poverty-stricken families unable to put food on the table.
Charity calls for immediate reduction in six-week wait for first benefit payment after handing out 1,182,954 emergency parcels.
One in four low-income households does not eat regularly or healthily because of a lack of money, Food Standards Agency says.
Guardian investigation reveals recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays and forced to turn to food banks.
Demand for food parcels expected to rise by up to 53% in December 2016.
MPs are being urged to donate to the ‘Hope not Hunger’ pop-up food bank when it arrives at Parliament on Wednesday.
MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support.