Two children in every primary school class in Kent and Sussex face Christmas without warmth or fresh food.
In the south east over 87,0000 children under the age of 10 will be going without the basics this Christmas - that's 2 in every classroom.
According to the charity Action for Children - one million children will be without the basics - that could be a warm winter coat, or having a house that's heated.
New research from the charity also shows parents below the breadline struggle to afford nutritious food vital for health and development.
With no free school meals available during the school holidays, the charity says it leaves many worse-off families struggling to afford their children's lunch.
Here's charity's senior policy advisor Vicky Fino:
Action for Children says at least 50 of its services across the country have provided foodbank support over the past year and with demand so high, the charity is planning to host unofficial foodbanks again over the festive season.
"No parent in the South East should have to face the awful prospect of their youngster sitting in the cold without a plate of food to eat at the end of a school day, or skip dinner themselves so their child has a meal.