Britain faces a "hidden hunger" epidemic as food bills balloon, Labour's shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh warned today.
The Wakefield MP reminded delegates at the party's conference hundreds of thousands of people are having to turn to charities for meals.
"We are the seventh-richest nation in the world yet we face an epidemic of hidden hunger, particularly in children.
"Working families relying on charity for a daily meal.
"But there is more than enough food to go round. Food is not the problem.
"The problem is a Tory-led government making the wrong political and economic choices."
A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said the government planned to "transform the lives of some of the poorest families in society by making work pay."
"We welcome the contribution of voluntary organisations such as the Trussell Trust for the work they do with local communities. That is why jobcentres - for the first time - are now referring people to their services."
Foreign Minister Alistair Burt's admission that the Cameron government has "supported" a survey of attitudes to US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas amounts to a tacit admission of British involvement.