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At least 60,000 adults will rely of foodbanks to feed their families this Christmas, according to the Trussell Trust.
Chief executive Chris Mould dubbed fresh data exposing the UK's growing food poverty problem as a "deeply distressing reality".
Some 40% of UK households admitted their ability to put food on the table for their family had worsened over the past 12 months, according to new data.
A survey from Tesco, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare found:
- 28% of adults had struggled to buy their regular amount of healthy and nutritious food over the last year.
- 30% say they have either skipped meals, gone without or relied on family or friends for food.
- Among those who experienced food poverty, 60% say they will go without heating to provide food.
Over one quarter of adults has found it harder to feed their family during the last 12 months, research has shown.
At least 27% found it harder to put food on the table and a further 20% skipped a meal because they can not afford the ingredients.
Over a third, 37%, of UK households admitted to keeping the heating off to ensure that food is available for their children, according to data collected by Tesco, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.
FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said: "We're now supporting more than 1,000 frontline charities that offer a hot meal and invaluable support to 51,000 people every day.
"Alarmingly, one in five people turning to these charities for help are children under the age of 16."