Charity FareShare received more than double the amount of food in December than a year ago.

Food pallets donated rose from 198 in December 2009 to 443 thanks to a "massive" increase from regular suppliers such as Daniels, Brakes and Nestlé.

FareShare's second London depot opened before Christmas and has already taken 65 tonnes of food but FareShare said there was scope for more short-life products to be donated.

"There must be surplus Christmas products out there that are good to eat for another six months," said a spokeswoman.