Campaigners held hands and prayed in a vigil to highlight the plight of families going without food in Sheffield.
The vigil took place outside Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy PM Nick Clegg’s office as part of the End Hunger Fast initiative.
It aimed to shed more light on the increasing demands facing food banks across the city as people struggle to make ends meet.
Rev Phill Borkett, Superintendent minister in the Methodist Church in Sheffield, said: “Families are going hungry, despite the best efforts of churches and communities in supporting much-needed food banks.
“Such inequality has no place in 21st century British society and urgent action is needed to end it.”
A letter signed by 300 clergy was handed to Mr Clegg’s office as part of the vigil, held after the latest meeting of the Sheffield Food Bank Network.
Nick Waterfield, who works for the Methodist Church and also organises a food bank in Parson Cross said: “It’s important that the effects of poverty do not go unnoticed.
“ In Sheffield, the Methodist church aims to recognise, challenge and respond to inequality and unfairness wherever it surfaces.
“It’s time that politicians and policymakers listened to the suffering that is evident.”