People forced to line up at food banks to feed themselves and their families are being dubbed the "hidden hungry".
There's a call for a Parliamentary Inquiry as a new study reveals food banks are now giving more than half a million people emergency help.
A report by Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam claims up to half of those seeking help are doing so as a direct result of having benefit payments delayed, reduced or withdrawn.
Niall Cooper from Church Action on Poverty has told Premier's News Hour why he thinks a drastic response from the government is needed:
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