LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson is to provide £50,000 of funding to the city’s food banks.
There are three centres handing out food to people who cannot afford to buy it themselves in Liverpool, and two others in Knowsley and Wirral.
The numbers depending on food banks has soared with the economic downturn.
Mayor Anderson said he was delighted to be able to allocate some of his mayoral funds to support the much needed charity.
He said: "These are really tough times for a lot of people in the city who are finding it harder to find the money to pay for food.
"The triple whammy of the recession, cuts to public services and the forthcoming changes to benefits are hitting people hard.
"As a major employer in the city, I really feel strongly that we should play our part and that is why we are committing to supporting Food Banks and also asking our own staff to donate food."
As previously revealed by the ECHO, between January and June the Liverpool Central food bank fed 1,881 people, double the amount in the previous six months (981 people during July to December 2011).
Merseyside’s food banks are run by the Trussell Trust which last year opened branches in Knowsley, north Liverpool and Wirral.
Knowsley’s food bank, which opened in September last year, helped 297 in its first four months. It has helped 845 up to July this year.
Adrian Curtis, of the Trussell Trust, said: "We welcome any support that we are given in developing food banks.
"Any help that people can give us, whether it’s donating food or financial support is very much appreciated."
He said the trust opened is first UK food bank in 2000. There are currently 285 food banks, with 200 having opened in the past two years.
The trust is currently opening a new food bank every three days – showing the huge demand for its services.
Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has made a video called Breadline Britain about the food bank in her constituency.