Parents are missing meals to save on cash according to a food poverty coalition, who have called on the government to commit to measuring ‘hidden hunger’.
End Hunger UK, a coalition of food poverty organisations including foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, the Food Foundation and the Independent Food Aid Network, are making the pleas following figures released today that reveal that one in four parents have skipped eating.
In fact, 13 per cent of adults polled have gone a full day without food in the last 12 months with parents of children in primary school faring the worst as 27 per cent faced the choice of whether to eat a meal or save to make ends meet.
As for adults without kids, 16 per cent skipped meals while eight per cent went a full day without eating in the last year.
This government has an opportunity to lead the fight against this hidden hunger by measuring household food insecurity and making sure people can afford to feed themselves and their families a healthy diet
Figures for those in work were little better, while people who are not employed face dangerous levels of food insecurity. A total of 36 per cent of unemployed people have skipped a meal and a shocking 28 per cent have gone 24 hours without food.
It is hardly surprising that people face the do-or-dine decision – 59 per cent of adults saw their outlay on groceries rise in the last three months compared to the previous period.