Birkenhead MP Frank Field is calling for government action to tackle poverty.
As co chair of an enquiry into destitution he says that Universal Credit payments should begin within a week of registering.
And he also wants benefits to keep up with the cost of living.
Hunger was described to us as an injustice which extends well beyond the individual and has lasting impacts on children, extended families, entire communities and across generations.
In putting together a report called 'The Other Britain and the failure of the welfare state', visits were made to food banks in Morecambe, Chester, Glasgow and elsewhere.
Mr Field is also calling for a national fuel fund to support households who struggle to afford gas and electricity.