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Nearly one in four people in the East Midlands have skipped meals, gone without food, or relied on family or friends to eat, according to new research.
The survey, commissioned by charities trying to tackle food poverty, says some children are even going hungry during the holidays because their parents rely on schools to help feed them.
Charities trying to tackle food poverty in the East Midlands have said some children go hungry during the school holidays because their parents rely on schools to feed them.
The FareShare warehouse in Leicester stores donated food which is redistributed to children's breakfast clubs and luncheon clubs for the elderly.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said: "[We support] more than 900 frontline charities across the country by providing them with good quality, nutritious food. These charities offer not only a meal, but invaluable support to some of the poorest people in our society.
"We fed more people than ever before last year but the demand for our services is rapidly increasing, as more people turn to charities for food than at any other time in FareShare's history."
Charities and Tesco stores in the East Midlands are taking part in a national food collection which will encourage customers to donate foods for families who are struggling.
It comes as new research from the charities found that:
- Nearly one in four people (24%) in the East Midlands have skipped meals, gone without food to feed their family or relied on family or friends for food in the last year
- 21% of parents in the UK are struggling to feed their children
- Of those, 70% who are suffering from food poverty with children in primary school education, rely in some part on food supplied by schools
Tesco's Group Corporate Affairs Director Rebecca Shelley said that research into the number of people who are affected by food poverty in the UK has increased, with "no signs of improving". She said:
Around a quarter of people living in the East Midlands have skipped meals and gone without food to feed their family, a report has shown.
Research carried out by foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust, food redistribution charity FareShare and Tesco comes as the three organisations prepare to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.
The National Food Collection will take place on 5 and 6 July.