Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Families Suffering from Food Poverty

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Families Suffering from Food Poverty

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PEOPLE in the North East have skipped meals so others in their family will have enough to eat, a report into food poverty released today shows.

Others have changed their eating habits for the worse because of a lack of money, according to the national study.

And research showed that while people were spending more on food, they were actually eating less and in many cases failing to meet basic nutritional needs because of financial constraints.

Politicians from the region told of their "horror" over the findings.

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, said: "This takes us back to the 1920s. You wouldn't expect that to be happening in one of the richest economies in the world."

The MP said the situation would only get worse once further austerity measures came into force, with the hardest blows for low income families still to come. She said: "There's a public health and educational issue here too. You have to have the resources at a community level to address that, but the charities who do that kind of work are being hit too. …

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