Parents skipping meals so children don’t go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
One in ten families are skipping meals or relying on charity and hand-outs
Mothers are putting their health at risk by eating only every other day
Food banks now forced to ration the donations they give to hungry families
By Sean Poulter
21 November 2012
Hunger is becoming a reality for one in ten families who are skipping meals or relying on charity and hand-outs, a study said yesterday.
In some cases, mothers are putting their health at risk by eating only every other day to make sure their children do not go hungry.
Some nine per cent of people have sometimes skipped meals, gone without to feed their children or relied on friends, family or charity for food in the past 12 months, according to a study backed by Tesco.
Food banks across the country are being swamped with requests for help as families struggle with the longest cost-of-living squeeze in more than 60 years.
Some have been forced to ration the donations they give to hungry families – an image somewhat at odds with Britain’s rank as the fifth richest nation in the world.