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Poll shows London's children going hungry

A new poll has revealed the worrying extent of child hunger in the capital. The study asked more than 500 parents and children about their food habits.

The poll by Ipsos MORI and the London Food Board found that:

  • A third of children report at least sometimes having trouble paying attention at school because they're hungry.
  • Around 74,000 children said they sometimes or often go to bed hungry.
  • 30% of families reported they had cut back on fresh vegetables in the past month.
  • 55% of parents surveyed said their ability to afford food had worsened over the past year.
  • 37% of parents supported a proposal to use free vouchers for healthy food
  • The families surveyed said they felt food prices in supermarkets are too high