Poverty in Camborne, Redruth and Pool is worse than ever according to a charity co-ordinator.
Don Gardner, who is co-ordinator of the CPR Foodbank, blames delays in government benefits and zero hour contracts for the increased of use at the facility.
Figures show a rise from 6,500 meals provided in April 2013 to 8,500 in April 2014.
March displayed a similar jump with 9,000 meals dished out, a rise of 1,000 from the previous year.
He said: “The increase in use of the service is partly down to biting delays in government benefit.
“We had one instance of a foodbank user having their benefits suspended for two months because they were 15 minutes late to their sign on due to a late bus, leaving them with no money with which to live.
“Zero hour contracts are also leaving people desperately short as one week they can have a full week’s work, however the following week they could have no income at all.
“This is a very serious issue that needs addressing because how is someone meant to budget for food if they don’t know when they will be working from one week to the next, effectively putting them on standby.”
One instance that Mr Gardner believes typifies the desperate times in the area is the visit of a local school into the foodbank.
When the children were asked to write down a prayer, one pupil penned the passage “please god send us food tomorrow”.
He said: “For me this typifies the hurt in some parts of the town, especially as one area is already listed in the top ten most deprived areas in Europe.”
Mr Gardner and the 40 volunteers that run the foodbank have now expanded their operation and now offer the services of Foodbank Plus, an initiative that helps signpost people to housing.
The centre also offers a computer suite to help user look for work and access government services online.