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East Midlands 'food poverty'

Around a quarter of people living in the East Midlands have skipped meals and gone without food to feed their family, according to new research

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Charity: We fed more people than ever before last year

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.

Food stored at the FareShare warehouse in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Tomatoes waiting to be redistributed at the FareShare warehouse in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

"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."

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