The Scottish Welfare Fund made 3,760 payments to people in Inverclyde in the last financial year, new figures show.
A total of 1,015 Community Care Grants and 2,745 Crisis Grants were awarded in Inverclyde over the year. The money helped people with essentials such as food, heating costs and household items.
The SNP introduced the Scottish Welfare Fund in 2013. The Fund is part of a £125 million annual package to mitigate the impact of UK government austerity.
Since its launch, the Fund has paid out more than £200 million to support over 336,000 households across Scotland, with a third of recipients being families with children.