Up to two thirds of children in Middlesbrough could be living in poverty this Christmas.
Shocking figures show that child poverty rates are higher now than in the 1970s.
In fact poverty rates in the town have been increasing, with some children expected to live shorter lives because of where they live.
Frances Read reports.
A report from a group of charities has placed three of the region's towns in the worst ten for the number of families struggling below the breadline.
The worst town in our region is Middlesbrough, where almost 40 per cent of children live in poverty.
This figure is closely followed by Newcastle and Hartlepool.
You can watch the full report from our Teesside Correspondent Rachel Bullock below.
Nearly four in ten children in parts of our region are living in poverty, with Middlesbrough in particular having the third highest number in the country.
In addition to this figure, central Newcastle, South Tyneside and Hartlepool all rank within the top 20 of areas suffering from child poverty.
The Campaign to End Child Poverty, which released the figures, says that growing up in poverty can affect a child's health, development and education.
Emilie Wright from North Yorkshire, who has an eleven week old baby, says that living on out of work benefits as a single mother is tough.
Chris Wellings from Save The Children talks about the impact poverty has on children.