Researchers investigating the causes behind food poverty say that the North West is home to six of the country's ten worst food deserts.
They're places where there are few supermarkets and people are forced to rely on smaller shops where they can end up paying much more for the same items.
Charities say that it's adding to a critical level of food poverty that's driven 1 in 4 parents to skip meals in order to make ends meet.
With growing pressure on food banks, charities have come up with an alternative - the food pantry, which they say is a more sustainable solution to the problem.
This report from Charanpreet Khaira: