King’s Lynn Foodbank is running its third annual Big Supper Week next month as demand for the service reaches record levels.

The fundraising event runs from October 21 to October 27 and schools, businesses, community groups and individuals are being encouraged to take part.

Food bank trustee Andy King said: “We’re asking people to invite their friends or work colleagues for a meal.

“It could be an elaborate dinner party or a simple lunch – it doesn’t matter. But the idea is that people make a donation for the food they’ve eaten, which goes towards the work of the food bank.”

Figures released by the charity show its centres in Lynn and Downham Market gave away food to more than 3,500 people in the first seven months of the year. This represents a 51 per cent increase on the same period last year.

“The roll-out of Universal Credit has had a huge impact locally. We’ve been rushed off our feet,” Mr King said.

“We fed more than 4,000 people last year but we’re heading for a figure of more than 6,000 this year. It’s shocking.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public in the eight years since we launched, but we need more help than ever before.”

Events can be any size, held at any time of the day and can be held any time before Christmas.

If you’re interested in hosting an event, email andy@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk for advice or an information pack.