Cost of living crisis: Four million children living in food insecure households

With food inflation soaring, one in four households with children have experienced food insecurity in the past month – equating to four million children.
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Food insecurity is classified as households where someone is forced to eat smaller meals, skip meals, go hungry, or not eat for a whole day because they are unable to afford food.

The Food Foundation’s Food Insecurity Tracker update for October 2022 shows that 18% of households have experienced food insecurity in the last month, rising to 26% of households with children. This equates to 9.7 million adults and four million children.

These are the highest levels of food insecurity seen since the tracker was launched in early 2020.

Inflation is currently sitting at 10.1% (CPI), but food inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics, hit 14.6% in the 12 months to September 2022.

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