The number of UK children in food poverty has nearly doubled in the last year to almost 4 million.
According to the Food Foundation thinktank, one in five (22%) of households reported skipping meals, going hungry or not eating for a whole day in January, up from 12% at the equivalent point in 2022.
After sustained price rises over the past year, grocery inflation currently stands at 17.1%, the highest level on record.
An estimated 800,000 children in poverty do not qualify for free school meals. To be eligible households must have an annual income of under £7,400 before benefits and after tax. That threshold has been frozen since 2018, even though prices have risen since then.